Spotted Pod Borer

  • Symptoms

  • Trigger

  • Biological Control

  • Chemical Control

  • Preventive Measures

Spotted Pod Borer

Maruca testulalis


In a Nutshell

  • Flowers and pods are intertwined.
  • Seeds in pods are totally or partly pecked.


Mung bean

Red gram, Pigeonpea


The young larvae of the spotted stem borer usually feed on buds and flowers - the older ones bore into maturings pods. The flowers and pods are intertwined through the excrements of the larvae.


The moth of the Spotted Pod Borer has white patches on the dark forewings and a dark border on the white hind wings. The moth lays eggs in small clusters on the leaves, buds and flowers. The pupation takes place in the soil.

Biological Control

Set up bird perches (15 per hectare) to promote antagonic bird species. Biological pesticides containing Bacillus thuringiensis can be applied.

Chemical Control

You can apply pesticides based on Azadirachtin, Spinosad, Chlorantraniliprole and Flubendiamide to control the Spotted Pod Borer.

Preventive Measures

Keep up an optimum level of nitrogenous fertilizer.,Follow crop rotation with non-crop hosts like rice or maize.,Choose resistant varieties like ICPL-87119.,Monitor your plants regularly.