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Cactus Moth

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Cactus Moth, Adult
Scientific Name:
Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Zimmermann et al. 2004)
Common Name:
Cactus moth, prickly pear moth
Cactus Moth, Adult - Photo by Dale Habeck
Native To:
South America (Simonson et al. 2005)
Date of U.S. Introduction:
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)
Feeds on prickly pear cacti (species in the genus Opuntia) (Johnson and Stiling 1998)

Distribution/Maps/Survey Status



Selected Resources

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UN. Food and Agriculture Organization; International Atomic Energy Agency. Nuclear Techniques in Food and Agriculture.
Mississippi State University. Geosystems Research Institute.
Nature Conservancy. Don't Move Firewood.
IUCN. Species Survival Commission. Invasive Species Specialist Group.

Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, Galveston Bay Estuary Program; Houston Advanced Research Center (HARC).

Federal Government

USDA. Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service.
Smithsonian Institution. Smithsonian Marine Station at Fort Pierce.

State and Local Government

Florida Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services.

North Carolina Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. Plant Industry Division. Plant Protection Section.

See also: Other Pest Topics for more resources


University of Florida. Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences Extension.
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