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Autographa nigrisigna
(beet worm)

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Autographa nigrisigna (beet worm)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 29 March 2018
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Autographa nigrisigna
  • Preferred Common Name
  • beet worm
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Mature larva of Autographa nigrisigna on cabbage.
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CaptionMature larva of Autographa nigrisigna on cabbage.
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Mature larva of Autographa nigrisigna on cabbage.
LarvaMature larva of Autographa nigrisigna on cabbage.K. Kawasaki

Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Autographa nigrisigna (Walker)

Preferred Common Name

  • beet worm

Other Scientific Names

  • Phytometra nigrisigna (Walker)
  • Plusia nigrisigna Walker

International Common Names

  • English: Asiatic common looper; semi-looper
  • French: autographe du chou

Local Common Names

  • Japan: tamana-gin-uwaba

EPPO code

  • PLUSNI (Plusia nigrisigna)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Noctuidae
  •                             Genus: Autographa
  •                                 Species: Autographa nigrisigna

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.

Growth Stages

Top of page Flowering stage, Fruiting stage, Vegetative growing stage

List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Fruit / external feeding
Inflorescence / external feeding
Leaves / external feeding
Whole plant / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Bacillus thuringiensis
Brachymeria lasus Parasite Pupae
Campoletis Parasite Larvae
Cotesia plutellae Parasite Larvae
Enicospilus tristrigatus Parasite Larvae
Glyptapanteles pallipes Parasite Larvae
Microgaster tuberculifera Parasite Larvae
Microplitis tuberculifer Parasite Larvae
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Larvae
Trichogramma chilonis Parasite Eggs

References

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Chen Y, 1982. Iconographia Heterocerorum Sinicorum III. Beijing, China: Science Press.

Entomological Society of Korea and Korean Society of Applied Entomology, 1994. Check List of Insects from Korea. Korea: Kon-Kuk University Press.

Hirai K, 1991. Trichogramma parasitizing Pieris rapae crucivora Boisduval. Colloques de l'INRA, 56:71-72.

Ichinose T, 1958. On the external features and identification of the larvae of several species belonging to the genus Plusia (Noctuidae), Part 2. Kontyu, 26(3):123-133.

Ichinose T, 1959. Studies on the bionomics of the Asiatic common looper, Plusia nigrisigna Walker, and its several allied species (Noctuidae) I. On the nomenclature of Plusia nigrisigna Walker. Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 3(2):99-106.

Ichinose T, 1962. Studies on the noctuid subfamily Pulsiinae of Japan. Bulletin of the Faculty of Agriculture Tokyo University of Agriculture and Technology, 6:127.

Ichinose T; Shibuya S, 1959. Studies on the bionomics of the Asiatic common looper, Plusia nigrisigna Walker and its several allied species (Noctuidae) II. Effect of temperature on the development of the Asiatic common looper, Plusia nigrisigna Walker. Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 3(3):157-163.

Indira Chaturvedi, 2007. Estimation of crop loss due to insect pests in Cicer arietinum L. Flora and Fauna (Jhansi), 13(1):105-106.

Iwata N, 1990. Control of cabbage insect pests [Plutella xylostella and Autographa nigrisigna] by application of benfuracarb granules to seedling flats [in Honshu, Japan]. Proceedings of the Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Society, 37:193-194.

Kaneko J, 1991. Seasonal prevalence of the silver Y moth, Autographa gamma L. (Noctuidae: Plusiinae) in comparison with that of the cabbage looper, A. nigrisigna in a cabbage field at Hitsuji-ga-oka, Sapporo. Annual Report of the Society of Plant Protection of North Japan, 42:133-135.

Kawasaki K; Sugie H, 1990. Time of mating and bioassay of sex pheromone in a wind tunnel in Autographa nigrisigna (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Japanese Journal of Applied Entomology and Zoology, 34(4):319-320.

Khan RM; Sharma SK, 1971. Some new pest records on sugarbeet in India. Indian Journal of Entomology, 33(1):105-106.

Kononenko VS, 1990. Synonimic check list of the Noctuidae of the primary territory of the far east of the USSR. Tinea, 13(1):13.

Koyama S; Senbongi I; Iwata N, 1995. Control of Autographa nigrisigna (Walker) by the confusion method using its sex pheromone. Proceedings of the Kanto-Tosan Plant Protection Society, No. 42:221-222; 3 ref.

Kusigemati K, 1976. New host records of Ichneumonidae from Japan. Memoirs of the Faculty of Agriculture, Kagoshima University, 12(21):125-127.

Lu T; Wang SM; Zhou JR; Ding CS; Yu F, 1995. The classification of the eggs of some Chinese Noctuidae (Lepidoptera). I. Acta Entomologica Sinica, 38:97-102.

Mahmood T; Bhatti MH; Shah HA, 1985. Studies on cabbage semilooper as a gram pest. Pakistan Journal of Agricultural Research, 6(1):37-39.

Mahmood T; Shah HA, 1984. Biology and chemical control of Autographa (= Plusia) nigrisigna (Wlk.) (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera), an unusual insect pest of gram (Cicer arietinum L.). Pakistan Journal of Zoology, 16(2):159-163.

Ram S; Gupta MP, 1989. Integrated pest management in fodder cowpea (Vigna unguiculata L. Walp) in India and its economics. Tropical Pest Management, 35(4):348-351.

Ram S; Gupta MP; Maurya RP, 1987. Role of major plant nutrients (N, P & K) in the management of insect pests of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.). International Journal of Tropical Agriculture, 5(3-4):209-214.

Ram S; Patil BD, 1986. Economic injury level of major defoliator insect pests of fodder cowpea, Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp. Journal of Entomological Research, 10(2):199-202.

Ram S; Patil BD; Purohit ML, 1984. Cowpea varieties resistant to major insect pests. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 54(4):307-311.

Ram S; Patil BD; Purohit ML, 1990. Role of fertiliser (potassium and phosphorus) and soil insecticide in the pest management of cowpea (Vigna unguiculata (L.) Walp.). Indian Journal of Entomology, 52(4):627-636.

Singh HM; Rizvi SMA, 1989. Comparative efficacy and economics of insecticides against chickpea semilooper, Autographa nigrisigna Walker (Noctuidae: Lepidoptera) infesting chickpea. Tropical Pest Management, 35(4):374-376.

Sugi S, 1982. Autographa nigrisigna. In: Inoue H et al., Moths of Japan 1: 831, 2: 387, pl. 199:23.

Sugie H; Kawasaki K; Nagagaki S; Iwata N, 1991. Identification of sex pheromone of the semi-looper, Autographa nigrisigna Walker (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology, 26(1):71-76.

Suzuki T, 1991. Systematic control of insect pests on cabbage. 3. Evaluation of spray chemicals against the common cabbage worm [Pieris rapae crucivora], the beet semilooper [Autographa nigrisigna] and the cabbage armyworm [Mamestra brassicae]. Annual Report of the Society of Plant Protection of North Japan, 42:136-140.

Togashi I, 1993. New host records of braconid wasps from Japan, 2. Japanese Journal of Entomology, 61(3):442.

Yoshimoto H, 1993. Moths of Nepal 2. Tinea, 13(3):52.

Yoshimoto H, 1995. Moths of Nepal 4. Tinea, 14(2):67.

Zhang BC(Compiler), 1994. Index of economically important Lepidoptera. Wallingford, UK: CAB International, 599 pp.

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