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Diaphania indica  (Saunder, 1851)
Common name:
Cucumber moth
Cotton caterpillar
Damaging stage:
Crops Affected:
Cucurbits, legumes
Characteristic Damage:
Larvae cause serious damage on fruits by puncturing and feeding on the skin of young fruits.
Feeding result to lace-like patches and skeletonised leaves.
Folded leaves contain mature larvae and pupa in some cases.
Management and Control:
Monitor the area regularly.
Handpick larvae to reduce insect population.
Use microbial insecticides like Bacillus thuringensis (BT) and Nucleopolyhedrosis virus (NPV).
lambda-Cyhalothrin (BidaⓇ, KarateⓇ, DescarteⓇ), cypermethrin (e.g. BushwackⓇ, MagnumⓇ, Cymbush 5ECⓇ), fipronil (e.g. Ascend®, Flipper®), Bacillus thuringiensis subspecies aizawai (Bta) (e.g. Xentari®, Aztron), acephate (e.g. Acetam®, BlackhawkⓇ), fenitrothion (Sumithion 50Ⓡ), deltamethrin (e.g. Decis®, DecideⓇ, ScoutⓇ, Agro DeltametrinⓇ).


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