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Cactus Moth

Cactus mothScientific name: Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Zimmermann et al. 2004)

Common name: Cactus moth, prickly pear moth

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Native To: South America (Simonson et al. 2005)

Date of U.S. Introduction: 1989 (Johnson and Stiling 1998)

Means of Introduction: Imported to the Caribbean to control prickly pear cacti; arrived in the U.S. naturally or in cargo imported from the Caribbean (Johnson and Stiling 1998)

Impact: Feeds on prickly pear cacti (species in the genus Opuntia) (Johnson and Stiling 1998)

Current U.S. Distribution:

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Partnership

Cactus Moth
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.

Biology, History, Threat, Surveillance and Control of the Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum (Jun 2004; PDF | 1.24 MB)
UN. Food and Agriculture Organization; International Atomic Energy Agency. Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.

Featured Creatures - Cactus Moth
University of Florida. Entomology and Nematology Department.

Texas Invasives Database - Cactoblastis cactorum
TexasInvasives.org.

Invasive Species Compendium - Cactoblastis cactorum
CAB International.

Global Invasive Species Database - Cactoblastis cactorum (insect)
World Conservation Union. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Government

Indian River Lagoon Species Inventory - Cactoblastis cactorum
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.

Cactus Moth ID Card (Aug 2009; PDF | 224 KB)
USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.

State

Cactus Moth Poses New Invasive Species Threat to Texas Biodiversity
Texas Parks and Wildlife Department.

Academic

Cactus Moth
University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences.

Pest Alert: Cactus Moth
Louisiana State University. Research and Extension.

Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.

Cactus Moth
University of Tennessee. Institute of Agriculture.

Professional

Argentine Cactus Moth - Invaders of the Sonoran Desert Region
Arizona-Sonora Desert Museum.

Cactus Moth
Guide to Invasive Species of the Galveston Bay Area.

Citations

Johnson, D.M, and P.D. Stiling. 1998. Distribution and dispersal of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), an exotic Opuntia-feeding moth, in Florida (PDF | 392 KB) Florida Entomologist 81(1): 12-22.

Simonson, S.E., T.J. Stohlgren, L. Tyler, W.P. Gregg, R. Muir, and L.J. Garrett. 2005. Preliminary assessment of the potential impacts and risks of the invasive cactus moth, Cactoblastis cactorum Berg, in the U.S. and Mexico (PDF | 745 KB) Final Report to the International Atomic Energy Agency.

Zimmermann, H., S. Bloem, and H. Klein. 2004. Biology, History, Threat, Surveillance and Control of the Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum (PDF | 1.25 MB) International Atomic Energy Agency : Austria.

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