Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg) (Zimmermann et al. 2004)
Cactus moth, prickly pear moth
South America (Zimmermann et al. 2004)
1989 (Johnson and Stiling 1998)
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
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
State and Local Government
Johnson, D.M, and P.D. Stiling. 1998. Distribution and dispersal of Cactoblastis cactorum (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), an exotic Opuntia-feeding moth, in Florida [PDF, 392 KB] Florida Entomologist 81(1):12-22.
Zimmermann, H., S. Bloem, and H. Klein. 2004. Biology, History, Threat, Surveillance and Control of the Cactus Moth, Cactoblastis cactorum [PDF, 1.25 MB] Vienna: International Atomic Energy Agency.