Etiella zinckenella (Treitschke)
Taxonomic position
Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Pyralidae: Phycitinae
Common name
Pulse pod borer moth
Habitat / Crop(s) damaged
Major host plants recorded from India include pigeonpea, cowpea, lablab, soybean, peas, chickpea, horse gram, green and black grams, Crotalaria juncea, C. micans, C. saltiana, Lathyrus sativus, Phaseolus lunatus, P. vulgaris, Vigna mungo and V. unguiculata.

Symptoms of damage include shedding of blossom and young pods; mature pods marked with a brown spot (rotten patch) due to the build-up of faeces inside the pod; and split pods containing greenish larva having five black spots on the prothroax and a lot of white frass and silk.
Pest status
Minor, occasionally serious.
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