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Drumstick Pests

Pests of National Significance

Insect pests

Except bark eating caterpillar all the insect pests of drumstick reported here are specific to drumstick (monophagous) (Satti et al. 2013)

  • Moringa hairy caterpillar: Eupterote mollifera Walker (Lepidoptera: Eupterotidae)
  • Moringa budworm: Noorda moringae Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyraustidae)
  • Leaf caterpillar: Noorda blitealis Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyraustidae)
  • Pod fly: Gitona distigma Meigen (Diptera: Drosophilidae)
  • Bark eating caterpillar: Indarbela tetraonis Moore (Lepidoptera: Cossidae)

Diseases

  • Damping off: Pythium aphanidermatum (Edson) Fitzp, P. debaryanum R. Hesse, and Rhizoctonia solani J.G. Kühn
  • Twig canker: Fusarium pallidoroseum (Cooke) Sacc

Weeds

Major Kharif weeds

Broadleaf
  • Pigweed: Amaranthus viridis Hook. F. (Amaranthaceae)
  • Swine cress: Coronopus didymus (L.) Sm. (Brassicaceae)
  • Black nightshade: Solanum nigrum L. (Solanaceae)
  • Common purselane: Portulaca oleracea L. (Portualacaceae)
  • False amaranth: Digera arvensis Forssk. (Amaranthaceae) Grasses
  • Rabbit/crow foot grass: Dactyloctenium aegyptium (L.) Beauv. (Poaceae)
  • Crab grass: Digiteria sanguinalis (L.) Willd. (Poaceae)
  • Barnyard grass: Echinochloa crusgalli (L.) Scop. (Poaceae)
Sedges
  • Purple nutsedge: Cyperus rotundus L. (Cyperaceae)
  • Flat sedge: Cyperus iria L. (Cyperaceae)

Major Rabi weeds

Broadleaf
  • Lamb’s quarter: Chenopodium album L. (Chenopodiaceae)
  • Scarlet pimpernel: Anagallis arvensis L. (Primulaceae)
  • Sweet clover: Melilotus indica (L.) All. (Fabaceae)
  • Fine leaf fumitory: Fumaria parviflora Lam. (Fumariaceae)
  • Corn spurry: Spergula arvensis L. (Caryophylliaceae)
Grasses
  • Blue grass: Poa annua L. (Poaceae)
  • Canary grass: Phalaris minor Retz. (Poaceae)

IPM for Drumstick

To know the IPM practices for Drumstick, click here.

Source : NIPHM, Directorate of Plant Protection, Quarantine & Storage



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