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Spilarctia obliqua
(common hairy caterpillar)



Spilarctia obliqua (common hairy caterpillar)


  • Last modified
  • 11 May 2020
  • Datasheet Type(s)
  • Pest
  • Preferred Scientific Name
  • Spilarctia obliqua
  • Preferred Common Name
  • common hairy caterpillar
  • Taxonomic Tree
  • Domain: Eukaryota
  •   Kingdom: Metazoa
  •     Phylum: Arthropoda
  •       Subphylum: Uniramia
  •         Class: Insecta

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TitleAdult moth, S. obliqua
Adult moth, S. obliquaICRISAT


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Preferred Scientific Name

  • Spilarctia obliqua Walker

Preferred Common Name

  • common hairy caterpillar

Other Scientific Names

  • Diacrisia obliqua Walker
  • Spilosoma obliqua Walker

International Common Names

  • English: Bihar hairy caterpillar

EPPO code

  • DIAIOB (Diacrisia obliqua)
  • SPIAOB (Spilarctia obliqua)

Taxonomic Tree

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

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: 11 May 2020

Natural enemies

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Natural enemyTypeLife stagesSpecificityReferencesBiological control inBiological control on
Apanteles ater Parasite Larvae
Apanteles obliquae Parasite Larvae
Apanteles ruidis Parasite Larvae
Apanteles vitripennis Parasite Larvae
Aspergillus flavus Antagonist
Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki Pathogen Larvae
Bacillus thuringiensis thuringiensis Pathogen Larvae
Blepharella lateralis Parasite Larvae
Brachymeria compestris Parasite
Brachymeria rufotibialis Parasite
Campoplex collinus Parasite
Carcelia rasa Parasite Larvae
Carcelia sumatrana Parasite Larvae
Cotesia flavipes Parasite Larvae
Cotesia glomeratus Parasite Larvae
Cytoplasmic polyhedrosis virus (CPV) Pathogen Larvae
cytoplasmic polyhedrosis viruses Pathogen Larvae
Entomophaga aulicae Pathogen Larvae
Entomophaga grylli Pathogen
Eocanthecona furcellata Predator
Eocanthecona furcellata Predator
Glyptapanteles obliquae Parasite
Meteorus arctiicida Parasite Larvae
Meteorus spilosomae Parasite
Microchelonus blackburni Parasite Larvae
Nomuraea rileyi Pathogen
Nucleopolyhedrosis virus Pathogen Larvae
Rhynocoris fuscipes Predator
Telenomus molorchus Parasite Andhra Pradesh
Trichogramma chilonis Parasite
Trichogramma perkinsi Parasite Eggs
Trichogrammatoidea australicum Parasite Eggs
Tropimeris indicus Parasite
Upupa epops Predator

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