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Soybean Pod Borer

Maruca vitrata (Fabricius)
Soybean Pod Borer Soybean Pod Borer
Don Herbison-Evans, University of Sydney

The soybean pod borer attacks legume hosts, especially cowpeas, common beans, and soybeans.


Commodities Affected:
Field Crops



The soybean pod borer is considered one of the most destructive pests of beans in Hawaii and is a major pest of cowpeas in most of Africa. Plants are not killed, but a large proportion of the pods may be damaged and unmarketable. Flowers are also eaten and destroyed. It has yet to become established in the continental United States, but it has been detected in Texas, Louisiana, and Florida. It is currently an established pest in Hawaii.


The soybean pod borer is not known to occur in Indiana.