Opogona glycyphaga Meyrick, 1915
Sugarcane Bud Moth
HIEROXESTINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opogona glycyphaga
(Photo: courtesy of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Bundaberg)

This Caterpillar is a pest, particularly of:

  • Banana ( Musa acuminata, MUSACEAE ),
  • Passionfruit ( Passiflora edulis, PASSIFLORACEAE ),
  • Granadilla ( Passiflora ligularis, PASSIFLORACEAE ), and
  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum officinarum, POACEAE ).

    The caterpillar is buff coloured, with a dark brown head, dark spots along the sides, and is sparsely covered in hairs. Normally it lives in a tunnel bored in a shoot or root of the foodplant. It grows to a length of about 1.5 cms.

    Opogona glycyphaga
    cocoon and pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of the Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations, Bundaberg)

    It pupates in a cocoon in its tunnel.

    Opogona glycyphaga
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth has a purple head and thorax, and yellow forewings with purple wingtips. The hindwings are yellow. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Opogona glycyphaga
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    It occurs in the north of Australia, including

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    J.R. Agnew (ed.),
    Australian Sugarcane Pests,
    Bureau of Sugar Experiment Stations,
    Indooroopilly: 1997, p. 45.

    Edward Meyrick,
    A new Opogona attached to sugar-cane,
    Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
    Series 3, Volume 1 (1915), p. 291.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993.


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    (updated 15 September 2012, 14 August 2019, 7 November 2020)