Budworm (Scrobipalpa blapsigona)
It is reported as one of the major pests of eggplants in Ghana. The small brown caterpillars of the budworm bore into flower buds and feed inside the flowers. This causes the flowers to drop off. Budworm damage is often overlooked, but it can be serious, leading to very low fruit set (Youdeowi, 2002).
- Conserve natural enemies. Caterpillars are usually parasitised by wasps.
- Practise crop rotation.
- Avoid growing eggplant two years in succession.