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Sugarcane White Top Borer


(Scirpophaga excertpalis)
Sugarcane White Top Borer

Adult moth : silvery white wings with feathery tips.

Life Cycle

Eggs : laid by female and covered in yellow-brown hairs. Larvae hatch in.


Present in sugarcane all over India. Young larvae tunnel through unexpanded leaves and cause a series of holes across the leaf blade when unfolded. They also attack growing points and continue to tunnel into the main stem of the plant, reducing quality and yield. The third generation causes highest losses in cane yield, sucrose and commercial sugar.