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Species Cactoblastis cactorum - Tropical Cactus Borer - Hodges#19085 [5970.1]

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Kingdom Animalia (Animals)
Phylum Arthropoda (Arthropods)
Subphylum Hexapoda (Hexapods)
Class Insecta (Insects)
Order Lepidoptera (Butterflies and Moths)
No Taxon (Moths)
Superfamily Pyraloidea
Family Pyralidae (Pyralid Moths)
Subfamily Phycitinae
Tribe Phycitini
Genus Cactoblastis
Species cactorum (Tropical Cactus Borer - Hodges#19085 [5970.1])
Hodges Number
19085 [5970.1]
Other Common Names
Prickly pear moth
Synonyms and other taxonomic changes
Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg, 1885)
Zophodia cactorum Berg, 1885
Explanation of Names
Cactorum is Latin for "of cacti".
Introduced in Florida and spreading throughout the eastern United States where prickly pear cactus is found.
The larvae feed internally on the pads of prickly pear cactus (Opuntia). (1)
The moth has become a pest in North America.

This South American moth was introduced into Australia to control cacti, which are not native to that continent and which were becoming a very serious pest. It was so successful that memorials and monuments to it have been erected by grateful citizens there.
Print References
Mann, J., 1969. Cactus-feeding insects and mites. Bulletin of the United States National Museum 256:. 256, p.44. (1)
Works Cited
1.Cactus-feeding insects and mites
John Mann. 1969. Bulletin of the United States National Museum, 256: 1-158.
2.North American Moth Photographers Group