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PESTS OF CASTOR :: Major Pests :: Hairy Caterpiller - 2

5.  Hairy caterpillar: Porthesia scintillans (Lymantriidae: Lepidoptera)


Distribution and status:  India


Host range:   Castor, rose, cotton, redgram, mango, linseed, gogu and sunnhemp


Bionomics: Larva has yellowish brown head, a yellow dorsal stripe with a central red line on the body and tufts of black hairs dorsally on the first three abdominal segments. Adult is yellowish with spots on the edges of forewings. Life cycle is very similar to that of Euproctis fraterna.