Major Australian Lepidoptera Pests
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This page provides a list of some notable Lepidoptera species in Australia that are pest of :

  • apples,
  • bees,
  • cabbages,
  • cereals,
  • citrus,
  • cotton,
  • fruit,
  • grain,
  • grapevines,
  • lucerne,
  • lychees,
  • maize,
  • mangoes,
  • nuts,
  • paw paws,
  • peaches,
  • pine plantations,
  • potatoes,
  • rice,
  • soybeans,
  • sugar cane,
  • sweet potatoes,
  • textiles, and
  • turnips.
  • APPLES
    Malus dometica
    ROSACEAE
  • Cydia pomonella
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Maroga melanostigma
  • BEES
    Apis mellifera
    HYMENOPTERA
  • Achroia grisella
  • Galleria mellonella
  • CABBAGES
    Brassica oleracea, BRASSICACEAE
  • Agrotis infusa
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Chrysodeixis subsidens
  • Crocidolomia pavonana
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Hellula hydralis
  • Hellula undalis
  • Pieris rapae
  • Plutella xylostella
  • Spodoptera exigua
  • Spodoptera litura
  • CEREALS
    POACEAE
  • Agrotis infusa
  • Agrotis munda
  • Bathytricha truncata
  • Mocis frugalis
  • Mythimna convecta
  • Persectania ewingii
  • CITRUS
    RUTACEAE
  • Conogethes punctiferalis
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Phyllocnistis citrella
  • Prays nephelomima
  • COTTON
    Gossypium
    MALVACEAE
  • Achyra affinitalis
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Agrotis munda
  • Anomis flava
  • Bucculatrix gossypii
  • Crocidosema plebejana
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Helicoverpa punctigera
  • Spodoptera exigua
  • Spodoptera litura
  • Tonica effractella
  • Xanthodes congenita
  • FRUIT
  • Eudocima aurantia
  • Eudocima fullonia
  • Eudocima materna
  • Eudocima salaminia
  • Ophiusa coronata
  • Phyllodes imperialis
  • GRAIN AND DRIED FRUIT
  • Cadra cautella
  • Cadra figulilella
  • Corcyra cephalonica
  • Ectomyelois ceratoniae
  • Endrosis sarcitrella
  • Ephestia elutella
  • Ephestia kuehniella
  • Nemapogon granella
  • Plodia interpunctella
  • Pyralis farinalis
  • GRAPEVINES
    Vitis vinifera
    VITACEAE
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Maroga melanostigma
  • Phalaenoides glycinae
  • LUCERNE
    Medicago sativa
    FABACEAE
  • Achyra affinitalis
  • Agrotis infusa
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Agrotis munda
  • Apina callisto
  • Ciampa arietaria
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Etiella behrii
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Helicoverpa punctigera
  • Merophyas divulsana
  • Mythimna convecta
  • Spodoptera exigua
  • Uresiphita ornithopteralis
  • LYCHEES
    Litchi chinensis
    SAPINDACEAE
  • Achaea janata
  • Chlumetia transversa
  • Conopomorpha cramerella
  • Cryptophlebia ombrodelta
  • Duadua aprobola
  • Eudocima salaminia
  • Isotenes miserana
  • Othreis fullonia
  • Oxyodes tricolor
  • MAIZE
    Zea mays,
    POACEAE
  • Achyra affinitalis
  • Spodoptera exigua
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Agrotis infusa
  • Agrotis munda
  • Bathytricha truncata
  • Chilo suppressalis
  • Conogethes punctiferalis
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Helicoverpa punctigera
  • Mythimna separata
  • Ostrinia furnacalis
  • MANGOES
    Mangifera indica
    ANACARDIACIAE
  • Penicillaria jocosatrix
  • NUTS
  • Cryptoblabes hemigypsa
  • Ectomyelois ceratoniae
  • PAW PAWS
    Carica papaya
    CARICACEAE
  • Asota caricae
  • Conogethes punctiferalis
  • PEACHES
    Prunus persica
    ROSACEAE
  • Conogethes punctiferalis
  • Grapholita molesta
  • Maroga melanostigma
  • PINE PLANTATIONS
    Pinus radiata
    PINACEAE
  • Acyphas semiochrea
  • Chlenias auctaria
  • Epiphyas postvittana
  • Teia anartoides
  • POTATOES
    Solanum tuberosum
    SOLANACEAE
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Agrotis porphyricollis
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Mythimna convecta
  • Neumichtis nigerrima
  • Neumichtis saliaris
  • Phthorimaea operculella
  • Symmetrischema tangolias
  • Thysanoplusia orichalcea
  • RICE
    Oryza sativa
    POACEAE
  • Bathytricha truncata
  • Chilo suppressalis
  • Cnaphalocrocis medinalis
  • Mythimna separata
  • Parapoynx stagnalis
  • Scirpophaga innotata
  • Spodoptera exempta
  • Spodoptera mauritia
  • SOYBEANS
    Glycine max
    FABACEAE
  • Achaea janata
  • Agrotis ipsilon
  • Helicoverpa armigera
  • Omiodes diemenalis
  • Spodoptera exigua
  • Thysanoplusia orichalcea
  • SUGAR CANE
    Saccharum officinarum
    POACEAE
  • Bathytricha truncata
  • Leucania stenographa
  • Mocis frugalis
  • Spodoptera exempta
  • SWEET POTATOES
    Ipomoea batatas
    CONVOLVULACEAE
  • Bedellia somnulentella
  • Mythimna convecta
  • TEXTILES
  • Endrosis sarcitrella
  • Hofmannophila pseudospretella
  • Tinea pellionella
  • Tineola bisselliella
  • Trichophaga tapetzella
  • TURNIPS
    Brassica rapa
    BRASSICACEAE
  • Diarsia intermixta
  • Neumichtis nigerrima
  • Neumichtis saliaris

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    (updated 17 May 2010, 20 November 2018)