Pest Management: Symptoms
Maize - Shoot bug: Peregrinus maidis
- Symptoms of Damage:
Plants become unhealthy stunted and yellow.
The leaves wither from top downwards
Panicle formation is inhibited and the plants die if attack is severe.
Honeydew secreted by the bug causes growth of sooty mould on leaves
The midribs of the leaves turn red due to egg-laying and may dry up subsequently
- Identification of Pest:
Adult: Yellowish brown to dark brown with translucent wings
Egg: Laid inside the leaf tissue and covered with a white waxy substance
Spray any following insecticides
Phosphomidon @250 ml in 450-500 litres water/ha
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