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Amsacta moorei
(tiger moth)

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Amsacta moorei (tiger moth)

Summary

  • Last modified
  • 20 November 2019
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Amsacta moorei
  • Preferred Common Name
  • tiger moth
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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Identity

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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Amsacta moorei Butler

Preferred Common Name

  • tiger moth

Other Scientific Names

  • Amsacta moorei sara (Swinhoe)
  • Creatonotus moorei (Butler)

Local Common Names

  • India: Gujarat hairy caterpillar; hairy caterpillar; Indian red army worm; red hairy caterpillar

EPPO code

  • AMSAMO (Amsacta moorei)

Taxonomic Tree

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  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •     Kingdom: Metazoa
  •         Phylum: Arthropoda
  •             Subphylum: Uniramia
  •                 Class: Insecta
  •                     Order: Lepidoptera
  •                         Family: Arctiidae
  •                             Genus: Amsacta
  •                                 Species: Amsacta moorei

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: 10 Jan 2020

Growth Stages

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List of Symptoms/Signs

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SignLife StagesType
Growing point / external feeding
Leaves / abnormal colours
Leaves / external feeding
Leaves / shredding
Stems / external feeding
Whole plant / external feeding

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Apanteles bosei Parasite Larvae
Apanteles obliquae Parasite Larvae
Aspergillus fumigatus Antagonist Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis
Entomopoxvirus Pathogen Larvae
Exorista fallax Parasite Larvae
Exorista xanthaspis Parasite Larvae
Meteorus Parasite Larvae
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Larvae
Palexorista laxa Parasite Larvae
Telenomus Parasite Eggs
Telenomus proditor Parasite
Trichogramma brasiliense Parasite Eggs Rajasthan cotton

References

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Alaoui-Ismaili MH, Richardson CD, 1996. Identification and characterization of a filament-associated protein encoded by Amsacta moorei entomopoxvirus. Journal of Virology, 70(5):2697-2705; 57 ref.

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).

Atwal AS, 1976. Agricultural pests of India and South-East Asia. Agricultural pests of India and South-East Asia. Kalyani Publishers. Delhi India, x + 502 pp.

Banville M, Dumas F, Trifiro S, Arif B, Richardson C, 1992. The predicted amino acid sequence of the spheroidin protein from Amsacta moorei entomopoxvirus: lack of homology between major occlusion body proteins of different poxviruses. Journal of General Virology, 73(3):559-566; 32 ref.

Bindra OS, Kittur SU, 1956. Mermis sp. (Nematoda) parasitising caterpillars of Amsacta moorei Butler. Indian Journal of Entomology, 18(4):462-463.

Chaudhary JP, Sidhu AS, Ramzan M, 1971. Studies on the biology of the red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera). Haryana Agricultural University Journal of Research, 1(4):24-28

Fletcher TB, 1914. Some South Indian insects and other animals of importance considered specially from an economic point of view. Madras, India 565 pp.

Fletcher TB, 1917. Report of the Proceedings of the Second Entomological Meeting, Pusa, India, pp. 47, 53-55, 68, 83, 87, 91, 99, 179, 187, 189, 199, 203.

Fletcher TB, 1920. 2-Annotated list of Indian crop pests. Report of the Proceedings of the Third Entomological Meeting, Pusa (Bihar), India.

Granados RR, Roberts DW, 1970. Electron microscopy of a poxlike virus infecting an invertebrate host. Virology, 40:230-243.

Hampson GF, 1894. The Fauna of British India including Cylone and Burma. London, UK: Taylor and Francis.

Kulshrestha SP, Diwakar MC, 1987. Some observations on the incidence of red hairy caterpillar during kharif 1986 in Gujarat. Plant Protection Bulletin, India, 39(3):36-37

Kundu GG, 1983. Hairy caterpillars of kharif cereals and pulses. Indian Farming, 33(8):35, 37

Langridge WHR, 1983. Virus DNA replication and protein synthesis in Amsacta moorei entomopoxvirus-infected Estigmene acrea cells. Journal of Invertebrate Pathology, 41(3):341-349

Lefroy HM, 1906. Hairy caterpillar pests of crops. Agricultural Journal of India, 1(3):187-191.

Lefroy HM, 1907. The more important insects injurious to Indian agriculture. In: Memoirs of the Department of Agriculture in India. Calcutta, India: Thacker, Spink and Company, 1(2):113-252.

Lefroy HM, 1909. Indian Insect Life. A Manual of the Insects of the Plains (Tropical India). Government of India, Agricultural Research Institute, Pusa.

Mathur YK, 1966. Preliminary observation on the behaviour and colour variation in the larvae of Amsacta moorei Butler (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Indian Journal of Entomology, 28(4):567-570.

Mathur YK, Mathur BL, 1968. Note on a parasitic Aspergillus on larvae of Amsacta moorei Butler. Plant Protection Bulletin FAO, 16(4):66.

McCarthy WJ, Granados RR, Roberts DW, 1974. Isolation and characterization of entomopox virions from virus-containing inclusions of Amsacta moorei (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Virology, 59(1):59-69

Mustafee TP, 1971. Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae, Lepidoptera): a new pests of ramie [Boehmeria nivea] in India. Science and Culture, 37(4):209.

Narayanan ES, 1953. Seasonal pests of crops: The red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler and its control. Indian Farming, 3(6)(New Series):8-9.

Ndoye M, unda. Pests of cowpea and their control in Senegal. 113-115.

Netam PK, Ganguli RN, Dubey AK, 2007. Insect pest succession in okra. Environment and Ecology, 25(1):177-180.

Parihar DR, 1979. Outbreak of katra, Amsacta moorei pest in the Rajasthan desert. Annals of Arid Zone, 18(1/2):140-141

Patel CC, Patel NC, Patel JR, Patel AM, Borad PK, Jyani DB, 1995. Natural control of Gujarat hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler with bio and microbial agents in middle Gujarat. Gujarat Agricultural University Research Journal, 21(1):54-58; 3 ref.

Patel VC, Patel HK, 1970. New record of Exorista fallax Mg. (Tachinidae:Diptera) as a larval pupal parasite of Amsacta moorei B. in Gujarat. Indian Journal of Entomology, 32(1):106-107.

Pradhan S, 1969. Insect Pests of Crops. National Book Trust, India, New Delhi.

Pruthi HS, 1969. Textbook on Agricultural Entomology. Indian Council of Agricultural Research (ICAR), New Delhi.

Pruthi HS, Bebraw MS, 1943. The red hairy caterpillar and its control. Indian Farming, 4(3):135-138.

Ramaswamy KA, Kuppuswamy S, 1973. Some observations on the biology of the red hairy caterpillar (Amsacta spp.) on groundnut. Madras Agricultural Journal, 60(7):637-639

Rao AS, Amonkar SV, 1980. Nucleopolyhedrosis of Amsacta moorei, Buttler (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Current Science, 49(18):709-710

Rothschild W, 1910. Catalogue of the Arctianae in the Tring Museum, with notes and description of new species. Novitates Zoologicae, 17:1-171.

Saini RK, 1993. Development and survival of red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler on some cultivated plants and weeds in Haryana. Journal of Insect Science, 6(1):64-68

Saini RK, 1996. Laboratory emergence of red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler moths in response to relative humidity. Journal of Insect Science, 9(2):160-161; 3 ref.

Saini RK, Pala Ram, Chaudhary SD, 1997. Some behavioural aspects of Amsacta moorei Butler with particular reference to pupation and light attraction. Journal of Insect Science, 10(1):12-15; 9 ref.

Saini RK, Verma AN, 1991. Effectiveness of light traps in suppressing populations of red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler. Haryana Agricultural University Journal of Research, 21(3):250-252

Sarma AK, Singh MP, Singh KI, 2005. Studies on insect-pests of castor in the agro-ecosystem of Manipur. Journal of Applied Zoological Researches, 16(2):164-165.

Siddiqi JI, 1981. Record of Apanteles obliqup Wlkn. and Meteorus sp. (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) as parasites of the hairy caterpillar Amsacta moorei Butl. (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society, 78(1):181-182

Singh KJ, Singh OP, 1990. Biology of red hairy caterpillar (Amsacta moorei) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) on soybean (Glycine max) in Madhya Pradesh. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences, 60(3):192-194

Singh S, Singh J, 1956. On the control of katra, Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera). Indian Journal of Horticulture, 13(2):107.

Singh TVK, 1991. Outbreak of leafminer on vegetables and redhairy caterpillar on sorghum in Andhra Pradesh, India. Quarterly Newsletter - Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission, 34(3-4):8-11

Srivastava AS, Sidiqui MS, Saxena HP, 1965. Bionomics and control of Amsacta moorei Butler (Lepidoptera:Arctiidae) with reference to allied species, A. lactinea Cram. Labdev Journal of Science and Technology, 3(1):26-29.

Stebbing EP, 1903. Notes of insect pests from the Entomological Section, Indian Museum. Indian Museum Notes, 5(2):50.

Surjeet Kumar, 2003. Insect pests of kala zira, Bunium persicum (Boiss) Fedtsch, and field evaluation of some insecticides against them. Pest Management and Economic Zoology, 11(1):65-68.

Trehan KN, Talgeri GM, 1947. Combating katra the hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei in Bombay province. Indian Farming, 8:560-564.

Tuhan NC, Pawar AD, Boota Singh, 1987. Preliminary studies on Trichogramma brasiliensis Ashmead against the red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler. Journal of Biological Control, 1(1):72-73

Udai Raj Singh, Agarwal DP, Pandey PN, 1989. Eclipta alba and Euphorbia hirta as new food plants and foci of infestation of Amsacta moorei Butl. (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). Bulletin of Entomology (New Delhi), 30(2):238-239

Verma SK, 1983. Exorista xanthaspis (Wiedemann) (Tachinidae: Lepidoptera), a new record on Amsacta moorei Butler. Annals of Arid Zone, 22(1):41-42

Verma SK, 1983. Host plants of Amsacta moorei Butler in the Rajasthan Desert. Bulletin of Entomology, 24(1):49-50

You LS, Xiong SL, Cao KC, 1983. New records of Apanteles Forster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from China. Acta Entomologica Sinica, 26(4):469

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).

Bindra OS, Kittur SU, 1956. Mermis sp. (Nematoda) parasitising caterpillars of Amsacta moorei Butler. In: Indian Journal of Entomology, 18 (4) 462-463.

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

CABI, Undated a. CABI Compendium: Status inferred from regional distribution. Wallingford, UK: CABI

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

Chaudhary J P, Sidhu A S, Ramzan M, 1971. Studies on the biology of the red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera). Haryana Agricultural University Journal of Research. 1 (4), 24-28.

Fletcher T B, 1920. 2-Annotated list of Indian crop pests. In: Report of the Proceedings of the Third Entomological Meeting, Pusa (Bihar), India. [Report of the Proceedings of the Third Entomological Meeting, Pusa (Bihar), India.],

Hampson G F, 1894. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. London, UK: Taylor and Francis.

Kulshrestha S P, Diwakar M C, 1987. Some observations on the incidence of red hairy caterpillar during kharif 1986 in Gujarat. Plant Protection Bulletin, India. 39 (3), 36-37.

Lefroy H M, 1907. The more important insects injurious to Indian agriculture. In: Memoirs of the Department of Agriculture in India, 1 (2) Calcutta, India: Thacker, Spink and Company. 113-252.

Mathur YK, 1966. Preliminary observation on the behaviour and colour variation in the larvae of Amsacta moorei Butler (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae). In: Indian Journal of Entomology, 28 (4) 567-570.

MUSTAFEE T P, 1971. Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae, Lepidoptera): a new pest of ramie [Boehmeria nivea, in India]. Science and Culture. 37 (4), 209.

Narayanan E S, 1953. Red-hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butter, and its control. Indian Farming. 3 (6), 8-9.

Netam P K, Ganguli R N, Dubey A K, 2007. Insect pest succession in okra. Environment and Ecology. 25 (1), 177-180.

Parihar D R, 1979. Outbreak of katra, Amsacta moorei pest in the Rajasthan desert. Annals of Arid Zone. 18 (1/2), 140-141.

Ramaswamy K A, Kuppuswamy S, 1973. Some observations on the biology of the red hairy caterpillar (Amsacta spp.) on groundnut. Madras Agricultural Journal. 60 (7), 637-639.

Saini R K, Verma A N, 1991. Effectiveness of light traps in suppressing populations of red hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei Butler. Haryana Agricultural University Journal of Research. 21 (3), 250-252.

Sarma A K, Singh M P, Singh K I, 2005. Studies on insect-pests of castor in the agro-ecosystem of Manipur. Journal of Applied Zoological Researches. 16 (2), 164-165.

Singh K J, Singh O P, 1990. Biology of red hairy caterpillar (Amsacta moorei) (Lepidoptera: Arctiidae) on soybean (Glycine max) in Madhya Pradesh. Indian Journal of Agricultural Sciences. 60 (3), 192-194.

Singh S, Singh J, 1956. On the control of katra, Amsacta moorei Butler (Arctiidae: Lepidoptera). In: Indian Journal of Horticulture, 13 (2) 107.

Singh T V K, 1991. Outbreak of leafminer on vegetables and redhairy caterpillar on sorghum in Andhra Pradesh, India. Quarterly Newsletter - Asia and Pacific Plant Protection Commission. 34 (3-4), 8-11.

SRIVASTAVA A S , SIDDIQI M S , SAXENA H P, 1965. Bionomics and control of Amsacta moorei Butl., (Lepidoptera : Arctiidae) with reference to allied species, A. lactinea Cram. Labdev Journal of Science and Technology. 3 (1), 26-29 pp.

Surjeet Kumar, 2003. Insect pests of kala zira, Bunium persicum (Boiss) Fedtsch, and field evaluation of some insecticides against them. Pest Management and Economic Zoology. 11 (1), 65-68.

Trehan K N, Talgeri G M, 1947. Combating katra the hairy caterpillar, Amsacta moorei in Bombay province. Indian Farming. 560-564.

You L S, Xiong S L, Cao K C, 1983. New records of Apanteles Förster (Hymenoptera: Braconidae) from China. Acta Entomologica Sinica. 26 (4), 469.

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