(one synonym : Myelois oporedestella Dyar, 1911)
PHYCITINAE , PYRALIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
Caterpillar and its damage to a Pomegranate
(Photo: courtesy of Dr. Sean Moore, Citrus Research International, Port Elizabeth, South Africa)
These caterpillars are a translucent white colour, with the internal organs visible from the outside.
The caterpillars are a considerable agricultural pest on:
The adult moths have forewings with a pale brown pattern, and plain white hindwings. The female moths find suitable fruit or nuts on which to lay their eggs using volatile substances emitted by fungus which is infecting the material.
The species is found world-wide, for example:
and in Australia, having being introduced by unfortunate accident, into
Various compounds have been identified for:
Control is being attempted using :
Further reading :
Philipp C. Zeller,
Versuch einer naturgemäßen Eintheilung der Schaben,
Isis von Oken, Jena, Volume 3 (1839), p. 176, No. 7.
(updated 5 September 2009, 18 October 2013)