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Orgyia postica
(cocoa tussock moth)

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Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth)

Summary

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  • 14 July 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Natural Enemy
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Orgyia postica
  • Preferred Common Name
  • cocoa tussock moth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); adult male (museum set specimen)
TitleAdult male
CaptionOrgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); adult male (museum set specimen)
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Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); adult male (museum set specimen)
Adult maleOrgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); adult male (museum set specimen)©David Agassiz
Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); apterous adult female (museum set specimen)
TitleAdult female
CaptionOrgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); apterous adult female (museum set specimen)
Copyright©David Agassiz
Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); apterous adult female (museum set specimen)
Adult femaleOrgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth); apterous adult female (museum set specimen)©David Agassiz

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Orgyia postica (Walker, 1855)

Preferred Common Name

  • cocoa tussock moth

Other Scientific Names

  • Lacida postica (Walker, 1855)
  • Notolophus australis posticus (Walker, 1855)
  • Notolophus postica (Walker, 1855)
  • Notolophus posticus (Walker, 1855)
  • Orgyia australis postica (Walker, 1855)
  • Orgyia ceylanica Niet., 1862
  • Orgyia ocularis Moore
  • Orgyia posticus (Walker, 1855)

International Common Names

  • English: cacao tussock moth; small tussock moth; tussock moth, cocao; tussock moth, small

EPPO code

  • ORGYPO (Orgyia postica)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Erebidae
  •                             Genus: Orgyia
  •                                 Species: Orgyia postica

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.

Continent/Country/RegionDistributionLast ReportedOriginFirst ReportedInvasiveReferenceNotes

Asia

BangladeshPresentHowlader, 1979; CABI/EPPO, 2000
Brunei DarussalamPresent, few occurrencesWaterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
ChinaRestricted distributionAPPPC, 1987; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-FujianPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
-GuangdongPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
-GuangxiPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
-HainanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
-Hong KongPresentAPPPC, 1987; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-YunnanPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
IndiaPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-Andhra PradeshPresentKannan and Rao, 2006
-KeralaPresentCABI/EPPO, 2000
-NagalandPresentHampson, 1892; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-SikkimPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-Tamil NaduPresentSubba and Rao Abu Bucker, 1974; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-Uttar PradeshPresentFasih et al., 1989; Singh, 1991; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-UttarakhandPresentRamakant et al., 2009
IndonesiaRestricted distributionVan Eecke, 1930; Waterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-JavaPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-KalimantanPresentHampson, 1892; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-SulawesiPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-SumatraPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
JapanRestricted distributionKano et al., 1977; CABI/EPPO, 2000
-Ryukyu ArchipelagoPresentKano et al., 1977; CABI/EPPO, 2000
LaosRestricted distributionWaterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
MalaysiaRestricted distributionWaterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
MyanmarPresentHampson, 1892; CABI/EPPO, 2000
PhilippinesWidespreadSanchez and Laigo, 1968; Waterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
Sri LankaPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
TaiwanPresentVan Eecke, 1930; CABI/EPPO, 2000
ThailandRestricted distributionWaterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000
VietnamRestricted distributionWaterhouse, 1993; CABI/EPPO, 2000

Oceania

Papua New GuineaPresentHampson, 1892; CABI/EPPO, 2000

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Leaves / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Apanteles colemani Parasite Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Brachymeria lasus Parasite Larvae
Carcelia Parasite Larvae
Exorista bombycis Parasite Larvae
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Larvae
Telenomus Parasite Eggs

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).

CABI/EPPO, 2000. Orgyia postica. Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, Map No. 605. Wallingford, UK: CAB International.

Chang CP, 1988. The investigation on insect and other animal pests on grapevine and their seasonal occurrences in Taiwan. Chinese Journal of Entomology, 8(1):39-49.

Fasih M; Srivastava RP; Abbas SR; Sharma S, 1989. Outbreak of Orgyia postica Walker (Lymantriidae: Lepidoptera), a new pest on mango in Uttar Pradesh. Current Science, 58(22):1258-1260

Gu SH; Tsai RS; Chow YS; Lin FJ, 1992. Sexual dimorphism in developmental rate and ecdysteroid titre in Orgyia postica. Journal of Insect Physiology, 38(12):1043-1049

Gupta BP; Singh YP, 1986. New record of Orgyia postica Walk. as a pest of mango. Progressive Horticulture, 18(3-4):273

Hampson GF, 1892. Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Moths. Vol I. Blanford WT, ed. London, UK: Taylor and Francis, 314-315.

Howlader MA, 1979. Hyperparasitism of Brachymeria jambolana Gahan (Hymenoptera: Chalcididae) in Dacca. Bangladesh Journal of Zoology, 7(1):67-68

Kannan M; Rao NV, 2006. Influence of age and stage of the host plant on insect pests of mango (Mangifera indica L.). International Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 2(2):351-353.

Kano R; Sasa M; Takahashi H; Kano R; Tanaka H; eds, 1977. Animals of Medical Importance in the Nansei Islands in Japan. Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku Shobo Ltd.

Kuroko H; Lewvanich A, 1993. Lepidopterous Pests of Tropical Fruit Trees in Thailand. Bangkok, Thailand: Funny Publishing Limited Partnership/Japan International Cooperation Agency.

Ramakant Mishra; Mukhtar Ahmad; MohdFaisal, 2009. Tulsi (Ocimum sanctum): a new host of Orgyia postica Walker (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae). Indian Forester, 135(11):1598-1599. http://www.indianforester.org

Sanchez FF; Laigo FM, 1968. Notes on the cacao tussock moth, Orygia australis postica Walker (Lymantriidae, Lepidoptera). Philippine Entomologist, 1(1):67-71.

Singh AR, 1991. Orgyia postica (Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae), a new pest of Populus deltoides. Indian Forester, 117(12):1083-1084

Subba Rao PV; Abu Bucker AH, 1974. Alternate host plants for two lepidopterous pests. [publ. 1976]. Indian Journal of Entomology, 36(4):353-354

Van Eecke R, 1930. The Heterocera of Sumatra Vol. 1. Leiden, Netherlands: E. J. Brill.

Wang CL, 1982. Insect pests and their injury on rose. Journal of Agricultural Research of China, 31(1):97-101.

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.

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