Pest in Bhendi or lady’s finger – Free Online Studymaterial


Shoot and fruit borer Earias vittella, E. insulana (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera)

  • It is commonly known as cotton spotted bollworm and a major pest of bhendi. 
  • It is infesting okra, cotton and other malvaceous wild and cultivated plants. 
  • Summer bhendi suffers heavily by this pest, after which, it migrates to cotton.
  • Caterpillars bore into tender shoots and tunnel downwards. 
  • Shoots wither; droop and growing points are destroyed. 
  • Caterpillars also bore into buds, flowers and fruits and feed on inner tissues. Damaged buds and flowers wither and fall down. 
  • Damaged fruits become deformed in shape and remain stunted in growth. 
  • Eggs are spherical, light bluish-green in colour and sculptured, are laid singly on shoot tips, buds, flowers and fruits.
  • Caterpillars are chocolate-brown in colour and bluntly rounded. 
  • Full-grown caterpillars pupate in an inverted boat shaped cocoon. 
  • Adults are medium sized moths, fore wings are pale-white with a broad wedge-shaped horizontal green patch in the middle, and the hind wings are cream-white in colour. 
  • E. insulana: Adults are smaller than E. vittella. Head and thorax are pea-green in colour and fore wings are uniformly pale yellowish-green.

Whitefly Bemisia tabaci
(Aleyrodidae: Hemiptera): 

  • Vector of yellow vein mosaic disease 
Fruit borer Helicoverpa armigera (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera)

Leaf hopper Amrasca devastans (Cicadellidae: Hemiptera)

Aphids Aphis gossypii (Aphididae: Hemiptera) 

Thrips Thrips tabaci (Thripidae: Thysanoptera)

Shoot weevil Alcidodes affaber (Curculionidae: Coleoptera)

Pod fly Melanagromyza obtusa (Agromyzidae: Diptera

Leaf roller Sylepta derogata (Pyraustidae: Lepidoptera

Semiloopers:Anomisflava, Tarachenitidula(Noctuidae: Lepidoptera) 

Red cotton bug Dysdercus koenigii (Pyrrhocoridae: Hemiptera)

Mite Tetranychus cinnabarinus (Tetranychidae: Acarina)

Flower feeders Oxycetonia versicolor (Cetonidae: Coleoptera); 

    Mylabris pustulatus (Meloidae: Coleoptera):


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