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

Invasive Species Compendium - Pectinophora gossypiella
CAB International.

Plantwise Technical Factsheet - Pink Bollworm (Pectinophora gossypiella)
CABI. Plantwise Knowledge Bank.

EPPO Global Database - Pectinophora gossypiella
European and Mediterranean Plant Protection Organization.

International Government

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

See also: CICR Technical Bulletins for more factsheets

State Government

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.


Pink Bollworm Life Cycle - Pink Bollworm Management (PDF | 44 KB)
University of Arizona. Cooperative Extension.
See also: Cotton Insect Publications for more factsheets

UC Pest Management Guidelines - Pink Bollworm (Sep 2015)
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.


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


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) (Bibliographies and Literature of Agriculture No. 136). USDA, Agricultural Research Service.

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