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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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