Dichocrocis punctiferalis (Guenée)
(=Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenée))
Taxonomic position
Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae: Spilomelinae
Common names
Castor capsule borer, shoot and capsule borer
Habitat / Crop(s) damaged
A pest of several hosts, particularly sorghum, castor, guava, pomegranate, pear, turmeric, ginger, mango, cardamom, teak, cocoa, Butea monosperma, Dillenia indica, etc.

Castor: Larvae bore into shoots and capsules. Affected shoots show bore holes covered with frass and capsules are webbed together with dark excreta and other matter.

Sorghum: Larval feeding results in extensive webbing of grains and broken grains.

Guava and pomegranate: Larvae sometimes bore into the fruits.

The species on cardamom is suspected to be different from D. punctiferalis.
Pest status
Serious on castor.
larva on castor larva larva larva larva on guava larva on guava larva larva larva on cardamom Adult Adult Adult Adult Adult damage on castor damage on castor damage on cardamom damage on cardamom Photo credit: NBAIR team

damage on pear Photo credit: Dr. Sandeep Singh, Assistant Entomologist, PAU, Ludhiana

damage on cocoa damage on cocoa damage on cocoa Pupa Adult
Photo credit: S. Srinivasnaik & M. Suganthy, TNAU