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Rice In Sri Lanka - Pests of Rice

Paddy Bug

The damage

Sucks the developing grains causing empty or partially filled grains. Both nymphs and adults damage the grains.Damage estimated to reduce 3-5% rice yield in the country.


Paddy bug can feed and reproduce only on rice. Adults and mature nymphs can feed and survive on alternate weed hosts.


A number of predators and egg parasitoids have been identified. 

Gryon nixoni is the most common egg parasitoid found in Sri Lanka.