کرم سوراخ کن انار Pomegranate Fruit Borer
What is the Pomegranate Fruit Borer?
The pomegranate fruit borer or pomegranate butterfly (Deudorix (Virachola) isocrates and Deudorix epijarbas) are pests common in Asia, especially India and Sri Lanka. Adult males have glossy blue wings; females’ wings are violet and have one orange circular spot on each forewing.
What is the Damage Caused?
Pomegranate fruit borer (PFB) larvae bore into the pomegranate fruits soon after emerging from eggs laid on flowers or young fruit. Once inside the fruit, the flat larvae (2 cm long) feed on the flesh and seeds. Infested fruit will often have PFB feces near the larval entry holes. Entry holes also expose fruit to disease; infested fruit eventually rot and drop from the tree.
How to Manage PFB in Pomegranate?
• Collect and destroy all infested fruits.
• Bag immature fruit with wire gauge mesh or cloth or paper bags.
Pesticide Treatment Options:
• Malathion 8EC at 1.7 to 3.4 L/ha (23-46 fl. oz/acre). Dilute with water according to label instructions. Apply
during flowering and repeat at 15-day intervals. See label for specific restrictions.
• Deltamethrin (Decis 2.8 EC*). See product label for specific rates, application instructions, and restrictions.
• Neem oil (3%) applied during flowering.
• Carbaryl applied according to label rates. Carbaryl is very hazardous to the environment, beneficial insects, including honey bees, aquatic creatures, and earth worms. Never dispose of Carbaryl in bodies of water. Carbaryl is mildly toxic to humans. See product label for specific restrictions.