Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée, 1854
Brinjal Shoot and Fruit Borer
Don Herbison-Evans (
These caterpillars are white when young, turning pink as they grow older.
an international pest,
boring into the shoot and fruit of:
Brinjal Eggplant ( Solanum melongena,
The adult moths are white with a coloured tinge.
The sex attractant pheromones
have been determined.
Control of this pest has been tried with:
planting the crop
destruction of borer damaged fruits at regular intervals, and
various artificial insecticides,
using the pheromones,
use of the bacterium
Bacillus thuringiensis subsp. kurstaki,
use of the parasitic wasp Eriborus sinicus
( ICHNEUMONIDAE ), and
resistant varieties of Eggplant by crossing with
The species is found in Asia, including
as well as in Australia in
(updated 15 Mayy 2013)