Millets and Maize | Amsacta albistriga
Amsacta albistriga (Walker, 1864); Common Name: Bajra hairy caterpillars
Taxonomy Information
Kingdom
Animalia
Phylum
Arthropoda
Class
Insecta
Order
Lepidoptera
Superfamily
Noctuoidea
Family
Arctiidae
Subfamily
Arctiinae
Genus
Amsacta
Species
albistriga
Author
(Walker, 1864)
Field Identification

Adult moth is having white colored wings with black spots. Eggs are cream colored round eggs laid in groups on plants and on any surface like rocks near fields. Neonate larvae are sparsely hairy and grown up larvae have bright red coloured with long hairs.

Damage

Voracious defoliator destroys many crops like sorghum, castor, maize, groundnut, etc. They migrate in groups from field to field feeding voraciously on the crops that come across on their way giving them grazed appearance.

Key Natural Enemies

Aa NPV, Blepharipa zebina, Exorista xanthaspis and Carcelia sp., Telenomus manolus, etc.

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