Foliage beetles

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Is this a Minor Pest?
Minor Pest Title

Foliage beetles (<i>Ootheca</i> spp.)

Minor Pest Description

Foliage beetles have been reported as pests of green grams in West Africa. They are a threat, when present in large numbers since they can defoliate young plants. They are 4-7mm long.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • Practise post harvest tillage to expose the grubs in the soil to the sun and to predators.
  • Rotate grams with non-host plants such as maize or sunflower to break the development cycle of the pest.
  • Delay sowing, where practicable, to allow the crop to escape from high populations.
  • Apply neem; it has been shown to reduce flea beetle numbers and damage.
Minor Pest Position
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Pest Type
Host Plants
Green gram