Photo 1. Scabby areas on the skin of banana fruits due to the feeding of the scab moth, Nacoleia octasema.
Photo 2. Caterpillar of the banana scab moth, Nacoleia octasema, between banana fingers. In this case, the caterpillar is dark brown.
Banana scab moth
Nacoleia octasema (previously, Lamprosema octasema)
AUTHORS Helen Tsatsia & Grahame Jackson
Photo 1 Nacoleia octasema caterpillar damaging banana "fingers" (Graham Teakle). Information (and Photos 2&4) Schmaedick M (2005) Banana scab moth. American Samoa Community College, Community & Natural Resources, Cooperative Research & Extension. Photos 3&6 Mani Mua SPC Sigatoka Research Station, Fiji. Photo 5 CSIRO website of Common Names. (http://www.ces.csiro.au/aicn/name_c/a_228.htm).
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project PC/2010/090: Strengtheni4g integrated crop management research in the Pacific Islands in support of sustainable intensification of high-value crop production, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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