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Conogethes punctiferalis
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Conogethes punctiferalis (castor capsule borer)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 21 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Conogethes punctiferalis
  • Preferred Common Name
  • castor capsule borer
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Conogethes punctiferalis (castor capsule borer); adults yellow, 12 mm long, with many black spots on wings, thorax and abdomen: 25-30 spots on forewing, ca 15 on hindwing, 3-4 on abdominal dorsum (except 2nd segment), 2 on 8th segment. Number and distribution of spots differs between individuals fed on different host plants.
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CaptionConogethes punctiferalis (castor capsule borer); adults yellow, 12 mm long, with many black spots on wings, thorax and abdomen: 25-30 spots on forewing, ca 15 on hindwing, 3-4 on abdominal dorsum (except 2nd segment), 2 on 8th segment. Number and distribution of spots differs between individuals fed on different host plants.
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Conogethes punctiferalis (castor capsule borer); adults yellow, 12 mm long, with many black spots on wings, thorax and abdomen: 25-30 spots on forewing, ca 15 on hindwing, 3-4 on abdominal dorsum (except 2nd segment), 2 on 8th segment. Number and distribution of spots differs between individuals fed on different host plants.
AdultConogethes punctiferalis (castor capsule borer); adults yellow, 12 mm long, with many black spots on wings, thorax and abdomen: 25-30 spots on forewing, ca 15 on hindwing, 3-4 on abdominal dorsum (except 2nd segment), 2 on 8th segment. Number and distribution of spots differs between individuals fed on different host plants.©Natural History Museum, London

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenée)

Preferred Common Name

  • castor capsule borer

Other Scientific Names

  • Cognogethes punctiferalis
  • Dichocrocis punctiferalis (Guenée)

International Common Names

  • English: castor borer; castor seed caterpillar; corn moth; peach moth; peach pyralid moth; shoot borer; yellow peach moth
  • Spanish: palomilla del melocotonero
  • French: pyrale du maïs; pyrale du pecher

Local Common Names

  • Germany: zuensler-art
  • Japan: momo-no-gomadara-nomeiga

EPPO code

  • DICHPU (Dichocrocis punctiferalis)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Crambidae
  •                             Genus: Conogethes
  •                                 Species: Conogethes punctiferalis

Distribution Table

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The distribution in this summary table is based on all the information available. When several references are cited, they may give conflicting information on the status. Further details may be available for individual references in the Distribution Table Details section which can be selected by going to Generate Report.

Last updated: 23 Apr 2020
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Asia

BruneiPresentWaterhouse (1993)
CambodiaPresentWaterhouse (1993)
ChinaPresent, WidespreadEPPO (2020)
-AnhuiPresentAcademia Sinica (1981)
-BeijingPresentWang YouNian et al. (2009)
-FujianPresentWang (1980)
-GuangdongPresentWang (1980)
-GuangxiPresentWang (1980)
-HebeiPresentWang (1980)
-HenanPresentWang (1980)
-HubeiPresentWang (1980)
-HunanPresentWang (1980)
-JiangsuPresentCABI (Undated)Original citation: Wu et al., 1992
-JiangxiPresentWang (1980)
-LiaoningPresentWang (1980)
-ShaanxiPresentCABI (Undated)Original citation: Li, 1989
-ShandongPresentSun et al. (1992)
-ShanxiPresentWang (1980)
-SichuanPresentWang et al. (1991)
-TibetPresent, Few occurrencesWang (1980)
-YunnanPresentYang et al. (1992)
-ZhejiangPresentLu ZhongXian et al. (1995)
IndiaPresentEPPO (2020)
-Andhra PradeshPresentRao (1992); CABI (Undated)
-GujaratPresentKapadia (1996)
-Jammu and KashmirPresentVirender Kaul and Kesar (2003)
-KarnatakaPresentRam et al. (1997)
-KeralaPresentKoya et al. (1991); India, Indian Society for Spices (1992)
-NagalandPresentLalnuntluanga and Singh (2008)
-PunjabPresentGill and Mann (2008)
-Tamil NaduPresentSridharan et al. (2000)
-Uttar PradeshPresentSingh et al. (2002)
IndonesiaPresentYang (1990); Waterhouse (1993); EPPO (2020)
-JavaPresentWaterhouse (1993)
JapanPresentEPPO (2020)
-HonshuPresentUtsumi et al. (1990); Abe and Sanari (1992)
LaosPresentWaterhouse (1993)
MalaysiaPresentWaterhouse (1993); EPPO (2020)
MyanmarPresentWaterhouse (1993); EPPO (2020)
North KoreaPresentYang (1990); EPPO (2020)
PhilippinesPresentWaterhouse (1993)
South KoreaPresent, LocalizedAPPPC (1987); Yang (1990)
Sri LankaPresentYang (1990); EPPO (2020); CABI (Undated)
TaiwanPresentEPPO (2020)
ThailandPresentWaterhouse (1993)
VietnamPresent, LocalizedYang (1990); Waterhouse (1993); EPPO (2020)

Oceania

AustraliaPresentEPPO (2020)
-QueenslandPresentPasslow (1973)
Papua New GuineaPresentIsmay (1993); EPPO (2020)

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / discoloration
Fruit / internal feeding
Fruit / internal feeding
Fruit / premature drop
Growing point / dead heart
Growing point / external feeding
Growing point / internal feeding; boring
Leaves / internal feeding
Leaves / webbing
Stems / internal feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Apechthis scapulifera Parasite Larvae
Brachymeria lasus Parasite Pupae
Brachymeria nosatoi Parasite
Bracon hebetor Parasite
Palexorista parachrysops Parasite Larvae
Phanerotoma hendecasiella Parasite Larvae
Scambus persimilis Parasite Larvae
Steinernema glaseri Parasite Larvae
Trathala flavoorbitalis Parasite Larvae
Xanthopimpla Parasite Larvae

References

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Abe Y, Sanari T, 1992. Notes on the peach moth Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) attacking cynipid and aphid galls. Japanese Journal of Entomology, 60(1):108

Academia Sinica, 1981. Iconocraphia Heterocerorum Sinicorum. I. Beijing, China; Science Press,

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. Technical Document No. 135. Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

Balu A, Varadarasan S, 1991. Evaluation of entomogenous nematode Steinernema spp. on insect pests of cardamom. National seminar on biological control in plantation crops, 9

Boo KS, 1998. Variation in sex pheromone composition of a few selected lepidopteran species. Journal of Asia Pacific Entomology, 1:17-23.

Cai RX, Mu ZL, 1993. Trap trials for Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen. with sex pheromones in citrus orchards. China Citrus, 22(1):33

Chai XM, He ZH, 1987. Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee injurious to masson pine. Insect Knowledge, 24(2):99-100; 6 ref.

Chakravarthy AK, Thyagaraj NE, 1998. Evaluation of selected synthetic sex pheromones of the cardamom shoot and fruit borer, Conogethes punctiferalis Guenee (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) in Karnataka. Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, 4(2):78-82; 9 ref.

Devasahayam S, 2000. Evaluation of biopesticides for the management of shoot borer (Conogethes punctiferalis Guen.) on ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.). Spices and aromatic plants: challenges and opportunities in the new century. Contributory papers. Centennial conference on spices and aromatic plants, Calicut, Kerala, India, 20-23 September, 2000, 276-277; 3 ref.

Ding JH, et al. , 1991. Agricultural Entomology. China: Jiangsu Science and Technology Publishing House.

EPPO, 2014. PQR database. Paris, France: European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization. http://www.eppo.int/DATABASES/pqr/pqr.htm

Gill HS, Mann GS, 2008. Effect of management strategies for Bactocera dorsalis (Hendel) on Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee infestation in guava orchards. Journal of Insect Science (Ludhiana), 21(2):133-138.

Gour TB, Sriramulu M, 1992. Grapevine, Vitis vinifera Linn. A new host of castor shoot and capsule borer, Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee). Tropical Pest Management, 38(4):459

He RQ, 1997. Study on the control of yellow peach moth. South China Fruits, 26:33.

Honda H, Mitsuhashi W, 1989. Morphological and morphometrical differences between the fruit- and Pinaceae-feeding type of yellow peach moth, Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology, 24(1):1-10

Ismay JW, 1993. Revision of Tricimba Lioy and Aprometopis Becker (Diptera: Chloropidae) from Australia and the Papuan Region. Invertebrate Taxonomy, 7(2):297-499

Jung JinKyo, Han KyeungSik, Choi KwangSik, Boo KyungSaeng, 2000. Sex pheromone composition for field-trapping of Dichocrocis punctiferalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) males. Korean Journal of Applied Entomology, 39(2):105-110; 10 ref.

Kadoi M, Kaneda M, 1990. Development of yellow peach moth, Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) on apple fruit. Research Bulletin of the Plant Protection Service, Japan., No. 26:61-63

Kapadia MN, 1996. Estimation of losses due to pod borers in oilseed crops. Journal of Oilseeds Research, 13(1):139-140; 6 ref.

Koya KMA, Devasahayam S, Kumar TP, 1991. Insect pests of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) and turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) in India. Journal of Plantation Crops, 19(1):1-13

Lalnuntluanga J, Singh HK, 2008. Performance of certain chemicals and neem formulations against ginger shoot borer (Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen.). Indian Journal of Entomology, 70(2):183-186.

Li NC, Fan MZ, Guo YL, Wang KS, Cheng LQ, 1989. Tests on fumigating against chestnut seed pests. Forest Pest and Disease, No. 1:28-30

Liu MY, Tian Y, Li YX, 1994. Identification of minor components of the sex pheromone of yellow peach moth, Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee, and field trials. Entomologia Sinica, 1(2):150-155

Lu ZhongXian, Yang ZhangFa, Wang GuiYue, Bo WeiLiang, 1995. The niches of the corn and peach borers and interspecific competition between them in corn. Acta Agriculturae Zhejiangensis, 7(1):31-34

Mannakkara A, 2006, publ. 2010. The teak fruit borer Conogethes punctiferalis (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Sri Lanka Forester, 29:47-59.

Miniraj N, Murugan M, Joseph CR, 2000. Evaluation of cardamom (Elettaria cardamomum Maton) germplasm. Journal of Spices and Aromatic Crops, 9(1):55-56; 1 ref.

Passlow T, 1973. Insect pests of grain sorghum. Queensland Agricultural Journal, 99(12):620-628

Ram KT, Hugar PS, Somasekhar, Patil BV, 1997. Record of Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) on grapes. Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems, 3(1):37; 5 ref.

Rao AS, 1992. Preliminary studies on the seasonal occurrence of insect pests on soap-nut (Sapindus sp.). Indian Forester, 118(6):432-437.

Robinson GS, Tuck KR, Shaffer M, 1994. A field guide to the smaller moths of south-east Asia. Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia: Malaysian Nature Society.

Sarma YR, Devasahayam S, Anandaraj M, 1992. Black pepper and cardamom: problems and prospects. Proceedings of a national seminar on black pepper and cardamom, 17-18 May 1992, Calicut, Kerala. Black pepper and cardamom: problems and prospects. Proceedings of a national seminar on black pepper and cardamom, 17-18 May 1992, Calicut, Kerala., xi + 90 pp.; [ref. at ends of papers].

Singh YP, Singh GK, Suresh Kumar, 2002. Occurrence of Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on mango in Western U.P. Progressive Horticulture, 34(1):130.

Sridharan S, Ganapathy N, Jeyarani S, Balasubramani V, Sadakathulla S, 2000. Silk cotton tree as a host of Conogethes punctiferalis G. Insect Environment, 6(1):3.

Sun ZP, Wang W, Meng FY, 1992. Survey of pests and diseases of Chinese hawthorn. Bulletin of Agricultural Science and Technology Beijing, China, No. 4:25-26

Utsumi K, Aihara E, Watanabe N, 1990. Artificial diet of the yellow peach moth, Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) using corn seeds (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Research Bulletin of the Plant Protection Service, Japan., No. 26:65-67

Virender Kaul, Kesar YK, 2003. Incidence and management of lepidopteran fruit borers of guava (Psidium guajava L.) in Jammu, India. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology, 6(2):201-205.

Wang PY, 1980. Economic insect fauna of China. Fasc. 21. Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. Economic insect fauna of China. Fasc. 21. Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. Science Press Beijing China, xii + 229 pp.

Wang XF, Ren YS, Wang PL, 1991. Pests control in orchard. Zhejiang, China: Zhejiang Science and Technology Publishing House.

Wang YouNian, Xing YanFeng, Zhou ShiLong, Meng HaiLing, Guan Wei, Shi GuangLu, 2009. Structure, dynamics and niche of dominant population of insect community in peach orchards of Beijing. Scientia Silvae Sinicae, 45(4):88-94. http://lyke.chinajournal.net.cn

Wang YuanXing, Cai RongTian, 1997. The emergence and control of Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen. for Younai plum variety. South China Fruits, 26(3):45.

Wang ZM, 1992. The Biology of Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee and its management. Sichuan Journal of Agricultural Science and Technology, (4):25.

Waterhouse DF, 1993. The Major Arthropod Pests and Weeds of Agriculture in Southeast Asia. ACIAR Monograph No. 21. Canberra, Australia: Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 141 pp.

Wu LM, Lu HS, 1992. Observation on the damage parts to corn of Dichocrocis punctiferalis. Entomological Knowledge, 29(1):13.

Yang HY and Shaw KY, 1958. Preliminary studies on the peach borer, Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee. Acta Oeconomico-entomologica Sinica, 1(2):109-134.

Yang WZ, Zhou LX, Lu MR, 1992. Investigating on the injury of peach borer to corn. Journal of Yunnan Agricultural University, 7(2):97-99.

Yang XY, 1990. Chinese Agricultural Encyclopedia (Entomology, Hu FZ et al ed.). Beijing, China: Agricultural Press, 388-389.

Zhejiang Agricultural University, 1987. Agricultural Entomology. Shanghai, China: Shanghai Scientific and Technical Publishers.

Distribution References

Abe Y, Sanari T, 1992. Notes on the peach moth Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenée) (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) attacking cynipid and aphid galls. Japanese Journal of Entomology. 60 (1), 108.

Academia Sinica, 1981. Iconocraphia Heterocerorum Sinicorum. I., Beijing, China: Science Press.

APPPC, 1987. Insect pests of economic significance affecting major crops of the countries in Asia and the Pacific region. In: Technical Document No. 135, Bangkok, Thailand: Regional Office for Asia and the Pacific region (RAPA).

CABI, Undated. Compendium record. Wallingford, UK: CABI

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status as determined by CABI editor. Wallingford, UK: CABI

EPPO, 2020. EPPO Global database. In: EPPO Global database, Paris, France: EPPO.

Gill H S, Mann G S, 2008. Effect of management strategies for Bactocera dorsalis (Hendel) on Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guenee infestation in guava orchards. Journal of Insect Science (Ludhiana). 21 (2), 133-138.

India, Indian Society for Spices, 1992. Black pepper and cardamom: problems and prospects. Proceedings of a national seminar on black pepper and cardamom, 17-18 May 1992, Calicut, Kerala. In: Black pepper and cardamom: problems and prospects. Proceedings of a national seminar on black pepper and cardamom, 17-18 May 1992, Calicut, Kerala. [Black pepper and cardamom: problems and prospects. Proceedings of a national seminar on black pepper and cardamom, 17-18 May 1992, Calicut, Kerala.], [ed. by Sarma Y R, Devasahayam S, Anandaraj M]. Calicut, India: Indian Society for Spices. xi + 90 pp.

Ismay J W, 1993. Revision of Tricimba Lioy and Aprometopis Becker (Diptera: Chloropidae) from Australia and the Papuan Region. Invertebrate Taxonomy. 7 (2), 297-499.

Kapadia M N, 1996. Estimation of losses due to pod borers in oilseed crops. Journal of Oilseeds Research. 13 (1), 139-140.

Koya K M A, Devasahayam S, Kumar T P, 1991. Insect pests of ginger (Zingiber officinale Rosc.) and turmeric (Curcuma longa Linn.) in India. Journal of Plantation Crops. 19 (1), 1-13.

Lalnuntluanga J, Singh H K, 2008. Performance of certain chemicals and neem formulations against ginger shoot borer (Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen.). Indian Journal of Entomology. 70 (2), 183-186.

Lu ZhongXian, Yang ZhangFa, Wang GuiYue, Bo WeiLiang, 1995. The niches of the corn and peach borers and interspecific competition between them in corn. Acta Agriculturae Zhejiangensis. 7 (1), 31-34.

Passlow T, 1973. Insect pests of grain sorghum. Queensland Agricultural Journal. 99 (12), 620-628.

Ram K T, Hugar P S, Somasekhar, Patil B V, 1997. Record of Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenee) on grapes. Pest Management in Horticultural Ecosystems. 3 (1), 37.

Rao A S, 1992. Preliminary studies on the seasonal occurrence of insect pests on soap-nut (Sapindus sp.). Indian Forester. 118 (6), 432-437.

Singh Y P, Singh G K, Suresh Kumar, 2002. Occurrence of Dichocrocis punctiferalis Guen. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) on mango in Western U.P. Progressive Horticulture. 34 (1), 130.

Sridharan S, Ganapathy N, Jeyarani S, Balasubramani V, Sadakathulla S, 2000. Silk cotton tree as a host of Conogethes punctiferalis G. Insect Environment. 6 (1), 3.

Sun Z P, Wang W, Meng F Y, 1992. Survey of pests and diseases of Chinese hawthorn. Bulletin of Agricultural Science and Technology. 25-26.

Utsumi K, Aihara E, Watanabe N, 1990. Artificial diet of the yellow peach moth, Conogethes punctiferalis (Guenée) using corn seeds (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Research Bulletin of the Plant Protection Service, Japan. 65-67.

Virender Kaul, Kesar Y K, 2003. Incidence and management of lepidopteran fruit borers of guava (Psidium guajava L.) in Jammu, India. Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology. 6 (2), 201-205. DOI:10.1016/S1226-8615(08)60187-9

Wang P Y, 1980. Economic insect fauna of China. Fasc. 21. Lepidoptera: Pyralidae. Beijing, China: Science Press. xii + 229 pp.

Wang XF, Ren YS, Wang PL, 1991. Pests control in orchard., Zhejiang, China: Zhejiang Science and Technology Publishing House.

Wang YouNian, Xing YanFeng, Zhou ShiLong, Meng HaiLing, Guan Wei, Shi GuangLu, 2009. Structure, dynamics and niche of dominant population of insect community in peach orchards of Beijing. Scientia Silvae Sinicae. 45 (4), 88-94. http://lyke.chinajournal.net.cn

Waterhouse D F, 1993. The major arthropod pests and weeds of agriculture in Southeast Asia. Canberra, Australia: ACIAR. v + 141 pp.

Yang WZ, Zhou LX, Lu MR, 1992. Investigating on the injury of peach borer to corn. In: Journal of Yunnan Agricultural University, 7 (2) 97-99.

Yang XY, 1990. Chinese Agricultural Encyclopedia., [ed. by Hu FZ]. Beijing, China: Agricultural Press. 388-389.

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