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Spinach Pests

Pests of National Significance

Insect and mite pests

  • Leaf miner: Liriomyza trifolii Burgess (Diptera: Agromyzidae)
  • Spinach crown mite: Rhizoglyphus sp (Sarcoptiformes: Acaridae)
  • Beet armyworm: Spodoptera exigua Hubner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Tobacco caterpillar: Spodoptera litura Fab. (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Leaf eating caterpillar/gram pod borer: Helicoverpa armigera Hubner (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Cutworm: Agrotis ipsilon Hufnagel (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)
  • Amaranthus weevil: Hymenia recurvalis Fab. syn. Spoladea recurvalis Fab. ( Lepidoptera: Crambidae)
  • Aphid: Aphis gossypii Glover (Hemiptera: Aphididae)

Diseases

  • Downy mildew: Peronospora farinose  f.sp. spinaceae Fr.
  • Anthracnose: Colletotrichum dematium (Pers.) Grove
  • Cladosporium leaf spot: Cladosporium variabile (Cooke) de Vries
  • Stemphylium leaf spot: Stemphylium botryosum Wallr
  • Damping off and root rot: Pythium sp. And Rhizoctonia sp.

Weeds

Broad leaf
  • Dock’s: Rumex dentatus L. (Polygonacae)
  • Sweet clover: Melilotus alba Medik. , M. indicus (L.) All. (Fabaceae)
  • Wild pea: Lathyrus aphaca L. (Fabaceae)
  • Pig weed: Amaranthus viridis L. (Amaranthaceae)
Grasses
  • Burmuda grass: Cynodon dactylon L. (Poaceae)
  • Darnel: Lolium temulantum L. (Poaceae)
  • Polypogon: Polypogon monspeliensis (L.)Desf. (Poaceae)
Sedges
  • Nut grass: Cyperus rotundus L., (Cyperaceae)

IPM for Spinach

To know the IPM practices for Spinach, click here.

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



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