Biology, History, Threat,. Surveillance and Control of the Cactus Moth,. Cactoblastis cactorum. H. Zimmermann. S. Bloem. H. Klein. Joint FAO/IAEA Programme. This ancient photographic record on the left is one example of the amazing way cactoblastis (Cactoblastis cactorum) chewed its way through. Cactoblastis cactorum is a moth that preys specifically on cacti species. It has been introduced in various locations around the globe to provide.

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Environmental Assessment October European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

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Potential non-target effects of a biological control agent, cactoblastks pear moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg Lepidoptera: Florida Entomologist 84 4: Adult cactus moths are non-descript, gray-brown moths with faint dark spots and wavy transverse lines marking the wings. Ecological Threat As ofthe cactus moth has not been reported in Texas. Florida Entomologist [Cactoblastis cactorum in North America: Rafinesque, as well as exotic species, either naturalized or cactodum as ornamentals, in Florida are also at risk.

Cochineal is the other valuable prickly pear biological control agent. Management notes for this location.

Villa Quietud CoyoacanMexico D. Czctoblastis Entomologist 81 1: Addressing the threat of Cactoblastis cactorum Lepidoptera: It normally rests with its wings wrapped around its body. United States Department of Agriculture. Pyralidaein North America, and possible management actions.

They can devastate a large plant in a matter of weeks! Introduction pathways to new locations Biological control: One or more of the features that are needed to cactoblastie you the maps functionality are not available in the web browser that you are using.

Texas Invasive Plant and Pest Council. As well as the threat to wild cacti, there are over ,ha of Opuntia plantations in Mexico that support a thriving agricultural industry, most of which is centered on harvesting fruits or pads.


An Immigrant biological control agent or an introduction of the nursery industry. The biological cactoeum against prickly-pear. Following its introduction into the Caribbean, Cactoblastis cactorum was able to spread across the Atlantic Ocean and throughout the Caribbean through an unknown mix of natural dispersal, intentional and unintentional human transport, and importation on infested livestock fodder. It is feared that it will cause large scale losses of native cacti diversity in North America and possibly have a large economic, social and ecological impact in Opuntia rich areas of southwestern USA and Mexico.

Cactoblastis cactorum in the USA: Union of South Africa A survey of natural enemies was conducted and the distribution of the cactus moth and the Opuntia host cactroum were assessed. National Museum Bulletin Many of these cactoblaxtis have already begun their own programs to halt the progress of the ccactorum in conjunction with the Strategic Plan.

Cactoblastis – biocontrol

It is important to notice that these lists are constantly being updated, please refer to the main page http: How the moth will affect agriculture in North America will be seen in the next few years, and the effectiveness of many of the control tactics may be seen in even less time. Cactaceae2 the endangerment of wild opuntioids in the southwestern United States and Mexico and consequent effects on entire desert ecosystems Perez-SandiSoberon et al.

On eclosion, the larvae crawl from the egg-stick onto the cladode or pad and burrow into it, usually within a few centimeters of the oviposition site.

The external incubation period for the eggs is typically days, but can occur in as little as 18 days and is temperature-dependent. Cactoblastis cactorum Female moth Scientific classification Kingdom: Larvae are gregarious in nature, initially pinkish cream coloured, with black red dots on the back of each segment.

The larvae feed inside the cactus and eventually hollow out the cactus pad, eventually consuming everything but the vascular tissues.


Tracking the Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg.

Opuntia species are important in subsistence and commercial agriculture. The biological control of prickly pear in South Africa. The cactus caactoblastis, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg Lepidoptera: They favour the common prickly-pear plant, but if desperate their alternate targets may include tiger pear Opuntia aurantiacavelvet tree pear Opuntia tomentosaeven Indian fig Opuntia ficus-indica — much to the annoyance of those people cactoblastos legally grow this species because of its edible fruit.

Burrowing activity usually causes secondary bacterial activity which hastens the destruction of cladodes. Pupation sites are usually found among debris of rotting cladodes under stones, logs, bark and just beneath the surface of the soil.

With questions or suggestions, contact us at portal rcc. Comstock Biology Back to Top The female Cactoblastis cactorum lays her eggs in the form of a chain, the first egg is attached to the end of a spine or spicule, and succeeding eggs average 75, and up to or more are stacked coin-like to form an egg-stick.

Tracking the Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg. Florida Entomologist 85 3: Caftoblastis, the dispersal ability of C. To learn more about cookies, including how to disable them, view our Cookie Policy.

Cactoblastis cactorum (cactus moth)

Cactoblastis cactorum Bugwood Network Images: While consuming the cactus from the inside as they mature, eventually hollowing out the pad.

The gregarious larvae bore into the pads or cladodes, devouring them from the inside. All eggs in the one eggstick hatch at the same time.