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Pests of Sugarcane :: Major Pests :: Whitegrub


5. Whitegrub: Holotrichia consanguinea (Melolonthidae: Coleoptera)
Distribution and status: Throughout India
Host range: Sorghum, maize, pearl millet, chillies, bhendi and brinjal

Drying of crown, preceded by yellowing and wilting of leaves. Affected canes come off easily when pulled. Cause extensive damage to roots.Ā  Grub ā€˜Cā€™ shaped, whitish yellow in colour found close to the base of the clump. Adults are dark brown and attracted to neem tree in monsoon season


    • Grow resistant cultivars like Co 6304, Co 1158, Co 5510
    • Set up light trap to attract and destroy the adults
    • Provide adequate irrigation
    • Crop rotation in endemic areas
    • Collect and destroy the adult beetles ā€“ neem, Ailanthus and Acacia