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Opisina arenosella
(black-headed caterpillar)

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Opisina arenosella (black-headed caterpillar)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 19 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Opisina arenosella
  • Preferred Common Name
  • black-headed caterpillar
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Coconut caterpillar O. arenosella; damage symptoms on coconut palm foliage, India.
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Coconut caterpillar O. arenosella; damage symptoms on coconut palm foliage, India.
Damage symptomsCoconut caterpillar O. arenosella; damage symptoms on coconut palm foliage, India.David J. Greathead

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Opisina arenosella Walker

Preferred Common Name

  • black-headed caterpillar

Other Scientific Names

  • Nephantis serinopa Meyrick
  • Ophisina arenosella
  • Opisina serinopa Meyrick

International Common Names

  • English: coconut black-headed caterpillar; palm leaf caterpillar
  • Spanish: gusano del cocotero
  • French: ver du cocotier

EPPO code

  • NEPASE (Opisina arenosella)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Oecophoridae
  •                             Genus: Opisina
  •                                 Species: Opisina arenosella

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

BangladeshPresentAPPPC (1987)
IndiaPresent, LocalizedEPPO (2020)
-Andhra PradeshPresentEPPO (2020)
-DelhiPresentEPPO (2020)
-GujaratPresentCABI (Undated)
-KarnatakaPresentEPPO (2020)
-KeralaPresentEPPO (2020)
-MaharashtraPresentEPPO (2020)
-OdishaPresentCABI (Undated)
-Tamil NaduPresentEPPO (2020)
-West BengalPresentEPPO (2020)
IndonesiaPresentCABI (Undated)
MyanmarPresentEPPO (2020)
PakistanPresentEPPO (2020)
Sri LankaPresentEPPO (2020)
ThailandPresentEPPO (2020)

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / honeydew or sooty mould

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Ankylopteryx octopunctata Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Antrocephalus hakonensis Parasite Pupae
Antrocephalus maculipennis Parasite
Antrocephalus mitys Parasite Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Apanteles taragamae Parasite
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen
Bessa remota Parasite India; Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Brachymeria euploeae Parasite
Brachymeria excarinata Parasite India; Gujarat Cocos nucifera
Brachymeria hime Parasite
Brachymeria hime atteviae Parasite
Brachymeria lasus Parasite
Brachymeria megaspila Parasite India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Brachymeria nephantidis Parasite India; Gujarat Cocos nucifera
Brachymeria nosatoi Parasite India
Brachymeria nosatoi
Bracon brevicornis Parasite India; Gujarat; Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Bracon hebetor Parasite India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Brinckochrysa scelestes Predator
Carabidae Predator Larvae
Cardiastethus exiguus Predator
Cardiastethus exiguus pauliniae Predator
Cheilomenes sexmaculata Predator Kerala
Creagris labrosa Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Elasmus nephantidis Parasite India; Sri Lanka; Gujarat Cocos nucifera
Eriborus trochanteratus Parasite India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Eurytoma braconidis Parasite Larvae/Pupae
Goniozus nephantidis Parasite India; India; Gujarat Cocos nucifera
Goryphus gibbosus Parasite
Goryphus nursei Parasite
Idgia dimelaena Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Jauravia pubescens Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Marpissa tigrina Predator
Meteoridea hutsoni Parasite
Micraspis discolor Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Parena nigrolineata Predator
Propylea fallax Predator India; Kerala Cocos nucifera
Pyemotes tritici Parasite Larvae
Rhene indicus Predator
Rhene khandalaensis Predator
Stomatoceras sulcatiscutellum Parasite
Stomatomyia bezziana Parasite India Cocos nucifera
Tetrastichus israeli Parasite India; Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Tineobius brachartonae Parasite
Trichogramma brasiliense Parasite Eggs Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Trichogramma minutum Parasite Eggs Sri Lanka Cocos nucifera
Trichospilus diatraeae Parasite
Trichospilus pupivora Parasite Pupae Gujarat
Xanthopimpla nana nana Parasite
Xanthopimpla punctata Parasite India; Gujarat Cocos nucifera

References

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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).

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

Distribution References

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

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

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