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PESTS OF CASTOR :: Major Pests :: Hairy Caterpiller - 3

7.  Hairy caterpillar: Dasychira mendosa (Lymantriidae: Lepidoptera)


Distribution and status:  India


Host range: Castor, linseed, groundnut pigeonpea, grapevine, cotton, pomegranate, mango, coffee, pear and rose


Damage symptoms: Defoliation is the main symptom.  The pest is active throughout the year but its activity is reduced in winter. 

Bionomics: Adult is yellowish brown moth.  Larva is greyish brown with dark prothoracic and preanal tufts of hairs. Prolegs are crimson coloured.