Published on: 11:18AM Aug 20, 2009
City slickers may not notice, but leaf-eating caterpillars seem to outnumber the infamous swine flu virus that has a lion's share of media time. Caterpillars hide from the bright, hot sun that prevails over most of our days, but dawn and dusk scouting shows a variety of caterpillars. Some are adept at carving perfectly round holes in verdant leaves, while others like to chomp on leaf margins as though they were delectable salad ingredients.
I confess to a professional bias for Endosulfan, but it does have a logical stanchion. We are still in the early instars of the ongoing Lepidoptera outbreak. I am confident that Trichogramma and Chrysoperla will not lag too much behind the moths. Endosulfan is best for keeping pests at bay, while conserving beneficial insects at the same time. Our early-sown crops are on the verge of reproduction, so there are pollinators to keep in mind as well. Again, Endosulfan is best to keep pest control and pollination in tango. It is important, though, to apply Endosulfan when honeybees are not foraging. Thank God bees and moths visit our fields at different times of day and night!