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Velvetbean caterpillar


  • Adult: Moth with ashy gray, light yellow-brown or dark red-brown forewings and cinnamon brown hind wings. When wings are extended, a dark diagonal line runs across both sets.
  • Larvae: Green, brown or black caterpillars with sparse hairs and stripes down the back and sides.
  • Eggs: Ribbed, white and flattened on the lower surface. Turn pink before hatching. 

Timing of damage: V2 to R8

Type of damage: Defoliation of leaves. Leaves will be skeletonized.

Scouting: In young plants, inspect for caterpillars. In older plants, a net sweep can be done.

Economic threshold: There is no established threshold.

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