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Pests of Sunhemp :: Major Pests :: Hairy Caterpillar


2. Hairy caterpillar: Argina cribraria / Argina syringa (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera)
Defoliation. Larvae feed on the leaves. Yellowish eggs laid in clusters on the undersurface of the leaves.  Caterpillar hairy with black transverse markings and white spots.  It pupates on the plant or the surface of the soil.  A. cribraria adult has black spots on yellowish wings whereas A. syringa has black spots on reddish brown wings.  Light traps can attract the moths and hence reduce the development of next generation.