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Pink Bollworm

Pink bollworm - Invasive.orgScientific name: Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) (Naranjo et al. 2002)

Common name: Pink bollworm

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Native To: Possibly the eastern Indian Ocean region (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)

Date of U.S. Introduction: First detected in Texas in 1917 (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)

Means of Introduction: Arrived from northern Mexico naturally or through infested shipments (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)

Impact: Adults lay eggs on cotton bolls; once hatched, the larvae eat the seeds and damage the fibers of the cotton, reducing the yield and quality (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)

Current U.S. Distribution: Southwestern U.S.

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Partnership

LepIntercept - Pectinophora gossypiella
USDA. APHIS. PPQ. CPHST. Identification Technology Program.

Invasive Species Compendium - Pectinophora gossypiella
CAB International.

Government

Know Your Cotton Insect Pest: Pink Bollworm (Mar 2007; PDF | 2.04 MB)
India Ministry of Agriculture.

State

Pink Bollworm: Program Details
California Department of Food and Agriculture. Plant Health and Pest Prevention Services.

Pink Bollworm
Mississippi Department of Agriculture and Commerce. Division of Plant Industry.

Academic

Pink Bollworm Life Cycle - Pink Bollworm Management (PDF | 44 KB)
University of Arizona. Cooperative Extension.

Pink Bollworm - UC Pest Management Guidelines (Jan 2008)
University of California. Statewide Integrated Pest Management Program.

Pink Bollworm Management in Texas (Dec 1994; PDF | 770 KB)
Texas A&M University. Texas Cooperative Extension.

Professional

Pink Bollworms
Cotton Catchment Communities CRC (Australia).

Handbook of Texas Online: Pink Bollworm
Texas State Historical Association.

Citations

Henneberry, T.J., and S.E. Naranjo. 1998. Integrated management approaches for pink bollworm in the southwestern United States. Integrated Pest Management Reviews 3(1):31-52.

Naranjo, S.E., G.D. Butler, and T.J. Henneberry. 2002. A Bibliography of the Pink Bollworm, Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) (PDF | 1.14 MB) USDA Agricultural Research Service. Bibliographies and Literature of Agriculture No. 136

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