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Cactus Moth Progress

Cactus mothScientific name: Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg)

Common name: Cactus moth, Prickly pear moth

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Cactus Moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) Planning Meeting (PDF | 17 MB)
Dec 9 - 10, 2003 in Miami, Florida
Hosted and Sponsored by USDA, APHIS, PPQ
Co-sponsors: U.S. Geological Survey and USDA, Agriculture Research Service
In cooperation with the Interagency Committee on Invasive Terrestrial Animals and Pathogens (ITAP)

Mar 5, 2004 -- Since the meeting, progress has been made in the following areas:

  • APHIS-PPQ continues to explore funding options for the Sterile Insect Technique validation proposal from the Agriculture Research Service (ARS);
  • A White Paper from the agriculture economist at the Center for Plant Health Science and Technology (CPHST) in Raleigh, NC is in final draft;
  • CPHST and U.S. Geological Survey/NatureServe are working with the National Institute of Invasive Species Science at Colorado State University to produce an Economic /Environmental Impact Analysis document;
  • ARS is making further progress on pheromone characterization;
  • CPSHT is working on a U.S. risk map for the Cactus moth;
  • APHIS-PPQ is developing plans for surveys including using volunteers;
  • U.S. Geological Survey has engaged the Mississippi State University's Geosystems Research Institute in a proposal to map the distribution of Opuntia species in the Gulf Coast region;
  • APHIS-PPQ will work with the ARS systematic Entomology Laboratory to develop picture keys for larvae and adults, to include in a Pest Alert.

Joel Floyd
U.S. Department of Agriculture, Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service, Plant Protection and Quarantine, Plant Protection and Management Programs

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