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Crop Protection :: Pests of Moringa

Leaf caterpillar: Noorda blitealis

Symptoms of damage:

  • Larva feeds on the leaflets reducing them into papery structures

Identification of pest:

  • Egg: creamy white oval eggs and laid in clusters on leaves
  • Larva: Devoid of prothoracic shield
  • Adult: Similar to N. moringae but bigger in size


  • Plough around trees to expose and kill pupae
  • Collect and destroy damaged buds along with caterpillar
  • Set up light trap @ 1/ha
  • Spray insecticides like carbaryl 50 WP@ 1gm/lit or malathion 50 EC 2 ml/lit of water

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