Location: Systematic Entomology LaboratoryTitle: The navel orangeworm, Amyelois transtilla (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) discovered in northeastern Mexico feeding on Sapindaceae
|LARA-VILLALON, MANUEL - University Of Victoria|
|VANOYE-ELIGIO, VENANCIO - University Of Victoria|
|SANCHEZ-RAMOS, GERARDO - University Of Victoria|
|CHACON-HERMANDEZ, JULIO - University Of Victoria|
Submitted to: Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington
Publication Type: Peer Reviewed Journal
Publication Acceptance Date: 6/13/2017
Publication Date: 11/21/2017
Citation: Lara-Villalon, M., Vanoye-Eligio, V., Solis, M.A., Sanchez-Ramos, G., Chacon-Hermandez, J. 2017. The navel orangeworm, Amyelois transtilla (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) discovered in northeastern Mexico feeding on Sapindaceae. Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington. 119(4):601-604.
Interpretive Summary: The navel orangeworm (NOW) is a notorious pest of many economically important fruit and seeds such as pistachios, oranges and peaches in the United States. In 2016 this species cost pistachio growers in the U.S. $100 million in losses and damage to almonds can cost growers up to hundreds of dollars per acre. Additionally, aflatoxin levels in almond kernals increase with NOW damage. This paper reports the discovery of NOW in northeastern Mexico on a new host in the soapberry plant family, but it is not considered a pest in northeastern Mexico. This report expands the host range for NOW and contributes to the identification of insects associated with commercial crops in northeastern Mexico.
Technical Abstract: Amyelois transitella (Walker) (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), the navel orangeworm, is an important pest of a wide variety fruits and their seeds. We discovered and report for the first time A. transitella feeding on Sapindaceae in wild populations of U. speciosa (Endl.) in northeastern Mexico. We provide photographs of the plant and the different stages of the moth. Although A. transitella is a pest in other areas, it is not considered a pest in northeastern Mexico.