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PESTS OF PULSES - RED GRAM & CHICKPEA :: Major Pests :: Field Bean Pod Borer

7. Field bean pod borer:  Adisura atkinsoni (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera)


Distribution and status: Cold weather pest found throughout India


Host range:  Pigeonpea, lablab and niger


Damage symptoms: The larva bores inside the pod and feeds on the seeds within. 


Bionomics: Moths are yellowish brown in colour.   Eggs are laid singly on flowers, buds and pods.  The eggs are minute in size.  The egg, larval and pupal periods lasts 3, 14-15 and 11 days respectively.  Full grown larva is 28-35 mm long, brownish green in colour.  When full fed, caterpillar pupates in rice store. During Febraury to November, it hibernates in the pupal stage.    



  • Conserve natural enemies like Bracon hebetor.
  • Chemicalcontrol measures are the same as redgram pod borer.