Pectinophora gossypiella (Saunders) (Naranjo et al. 2002)
Pink bollworm (PBW)
Possibly the eastern Indian Ocean region (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)
First detected in Texas in 1917 (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)
Arrived from northern Mexico naturally or through infested shipments (Henneberry and Naranjo 1998)
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)
The section below contains highly relevant resources for this species, organized by source.
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.