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Cactoblastis cactorum

(Cactus Moth)

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Common Names

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Common Names in English:

Cactus Moth, Nopal Moth, Prickly Pear Moth, South American Cactus Moth

Common Names in German:

Kaktusmotte

Common Names in Russian:

Огнёвка кактусовая

Description

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Physical Description

Species Cactoblastis cactorum

The adult cactus moths are non-descript brownish-gray moths that can only be definitively identified by a microscopic examination of dissected male genitalia , although the native species differ from Cactoblastis in having a more plumose antenna . Mature larvae are predominantly red or orange, and this color is interrupted by dark banding or spots on the body. (ref. 109021)

Biology

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Diet

Caterpillar hosts: Pricklypear cacti (Opuntia spp. ) (ref. 109021)

Taxonomy

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Notes

Name Status: Accepted Name .

Similar Species

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Members of the genus Cactoblastis

ZipcodeZoo has pages for 1 species and subspecies in this genus:

C. cactorum (Cactus Moth)

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Data Sources

Accessed through GBIF Data Portal February 29, 2008:

Identifiers

Last Revised: 2014-11-23