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Maruca Pod Borer Moth

Maruca vitrata


Maruca vitrata (Fabricius, 1787) of Crambidae family, is a Pantropical insect pest of leguminous crops like pigeon pea, cowpea, mung bean and soybean. Its common names include the Maruca pod borer, Bean pod borer, Soybean pod borer, Mung moth, and the legume pod borer. It can cause losses of 20-80% on the harvests of cowpeas. Its feeding sites on plants are flower-buds, flowers and young pods (in some cases early instars feed on flower peduncles and young stems).


Backyard garden, spotted on ceiling of the garage.


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Laguna, Philippines

Spotted on Jan 13, 2013
Submitted on Jan 29, 2013


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