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Henosepilachna pusillanima
This information is part of a full datasheet available in the Crop Protection Compendium (CPC). Find out more information on how to access the CPC.
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Host plants / species affected

Main hosts

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Cucumis sativus (cucumber)
Cucurbita moschata (pumpkin)
Lagenaria siceraria (bottle gourd)
Luffa aegyptiaca (loofah)
Momordica charantia (bitter gourd)

List of symptoms / signs

Fruit - external feeding
Inflorescence - external feeding
Leaves - external feeding
Leaves - webbing


Adults and larvae both feed on the surface of leaves, scraping away the surface cells between the main veins to leave irregularly shaped holes or strips. Heavy feeding damage will skeletonize the leaf or leave it with a lace-like pattern.

Prevention and control

Chemical Control

Due to the variable regulations around (de-)registration of pesticides, we are for the moment not including any specific chemical control recommendations. For further information, we recommend you visit the following resources:


H. pusillanima has been recorded as a general pest throughout its range, but specific past examples are difficult to assess because of misidentifications.