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Orgyia postica
(cocoa tussock moth)

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Orgyia postica (cocoa tussock moth)

Summary

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  • 10 December 2020
  • 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)
Copyright©David Agassiz
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.

Last updated: 17 Feb 2021
Continent/Country/Region Distribution Last Reported Origin First Reported Invasive Reference Notes

Asia

BangladeshPresent
BruneiPresent, Few occurrences
ChinaPresent, Localized
-FujianPresent
-GuangdongPresent
-GuangxiPresent
-HainanPresent
-YunnanPresent
Hong KongPresent
IndiaPresent
-Andhra PradeshPresent
-KeralaPresent
-NagalandPresent
-SikkimPresent
-Tamil NaduPresent
-Uttar PradeshPresent
-UttarakhandPresent
IndonesiaPresent, Localized
-JavaPresent
-SulawesiPresent
-SumatraPresent
JapanPresent, Localized
-Ryukyu IslandsPresent
LaosPresent, Localized
MalaysiaPresent, Localized
MyanmarPresent
PhilippinesPresent, Widespread
Sri LankaPresent
TaiwanPresent
ThailandPresent, Localized
VietnamPresent, Localized

Oceania

Papua New GuineaPresent

Growth Stages

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Vegetative growing stage

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 Arthropods|Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Arthropods|Larvae
Brachymeria lasus Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Carcelia Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Exorista bombycis Parasite Arthropods|Larvae
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Arthropods|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.

Wen HungChich, Lu FengMing, Hao HsiouHwa, Liou TsungDao, 2002. Insects pests and their injuries and control on longan in Southern Taiwan. Journal of Agricultural Research of China, 51(3), 56-64.

Wu, L. L., 1977. A survey of the injurious insects of grape-vine in Taiwan. Plant Protection Bulletin, Taiwan, 19(2), 78-100.

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, EPPO, 2000. Orgyia postica. [Distribution map]. In: Distribution Maps of Plant Pests, Wallingford, UK: CAB International. Map 605. DOI:10.1079/DMPP/20066600605

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

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

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

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

Gupta B P, Singh Y P, 1986. New record of Orgyia postica Walk. as a pest of mango. Progressive Horticulture. 18 (3-4), 273.

Hampson G F, 1892. The Fauna of British India, including Ceylon and Burma. Moths. Volume 1. [ed. by Blanford W T]. London, UK: Taylor and Francis. 314-315.

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

Kannan M, Rao N V, 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, 1977. Animals of Medical Importance in the Nansei Islands in Japan., [ed. by Kano R, Sasa M, Takahashi H, Kano R, Tanaka H]. Tokyo, Japan: Shinjuku Shobo Ltd.

Nasu Y, Arita Y, Kimura M, Ogata A, 2004. Some lepidopterous pests of eucalyptus trees from Japan. Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology. 48 (2), 123-133. DOI:10.1303/jjaez.2004.123

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

SANCHEZ F F, LAIGO F M, 1968. Notes on the cacao tussock moth, Orgyia australis postica Walker (Lymanfridae, Lepidoptera). Philippine Entomology. 1 (1), 67-71 pp.

Singh A P, Kalpana Bahuguna, Ramola G C, 2019. New host records of polyphagous Lepidoptera on Ban Oak Quercus leucotrichophora A. Camus (Fabaceae) in the Garhwal Himalaya, India. Journal of Threatened Taxa. 11 (5), 13579-13591. DOI:10.11609/jott.4624.11.5.13579-13591

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

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

Wen HungChich, Lu FengMing, Hao HsiouHwa, Liou TsungDao, 2002. Insects pests and their injuries and control on longan in Southern Taiwan. Journal of Agricultural Research of China. 51 (3), 56-64.

Wu L L, 1977. A survey of the injurious insects of grape-vine in Taiwan. Plant Protection Bulletin, Taiwan. 19 (2), 78-100.

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