Pod sucking bugs

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Minor Pest Title

Pod sucking bugs

Minor Pest Description

Pod sucking bugs such as giant coreid bugs (Anoplocnemis curvipes), spiny brown bugs (Clavigralla spp.), green stink bugs (Nezara viridula, Acrosternum acutum), and Riptortus bugs (Riptortus spp) are the most important pests of green gram at the podding stage.

They suck sap from pods and seeds and cause various levels of damage depending on the stage of growth of seeds at the time of attack. Feeding may cause necrosis, pod malformation, premature drying, shrivelling of seeds, loss of germination ability, and formation of empty pods. Bugs are difficult to control since they usually feed on a wide range of crops and are very mobile.


Minor Pest What to do.
  • Bugs can be collected by hand regularly and killed, especially during flowering and pod formation.
  • Conserve natural enemies such as assassin bugs, spiders, praying mantises and ants. These are important natural enemies of bugs. They kill or deter bugs. Conserve and attract predatory natural enemies to your crop by planting flowering plants. For more information on Natural enemies click here.
  • Neem products are reported to repel bugs. If necessary, spraying should be done in the morning when the immature stages are exposed.
Minor Pest Position
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Pest Type
Host Plants
Green gram