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Scientific name: Clumetia transversa
Lepidoptera: Noctuidae






The larvae feed on the fruiting twigs and panicles. They bore into and/or near the tips of the young shoots and tunnel their way to the basal parts causing the tips to shrink and dry-up


Eggs are creamy-white that are found on the flower stem and young shoots. They hatch after 3 - 7 days.

The larva is pale-green and locates itself in the tunnel it bores. It comes out to feed on soft and tender tissues of new growths. The larval period is 8 - 10 days.

Pupa is brown and found among the plant debris and on the upper portion of the soil.

The adult is grayish-black and about 8-10 mm in size. Both sexes have the same body characteristics except that the male has a black ventral portion on its abdominal segments.

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