Photo 1. Larva of the guava bud moth, Strepicrates ejectana, with orange head and dark grey upper body in unfurled leaf, exposed to show leaf damage.
Photo 2. Extensive damage to apex of shoot by the larva of the guava bud moth, Strepicrates ejectana.
Photo 3. Extensive damage to shoot tip by the larva of the guava bud moth, Strepicrates ejectana. The cocoon of the pupa is shown clearly.
Guava bud moth. Swaine (1971)1 refers to the moth as a 'webworm'.
Strepsicrates ejectana. It was previously known as Strepsicrates holotephras. However, there is some doubt whether these two species are the same based on male genitalia, which are used by taxonomists to differentiate between species of Strepsicrates. A revision of the genus is needed. The moth was first described from Fiji. It is a moth of the Tortricidae.
AUTHORS Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
1Swaine G (1971) Agricultural Zoology in Fiji. Her Majesty's Stationery Office. London. Information on the taxonomy of the moth from Todd Gilligan (see also Gilligan TM, Baixeras J, Brown JW (2018) T@RTS: Online World Catalogue of the Tortricidae (Ver. 4.0). (http://www.tortricid.net/catalogue.asp); and from Carillo D et al. (2017) Guava pests and beneficial insects. UF IFAS Extension, Florida.
Produced with support from the Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research under project HORT/2016/185: Responding to emerging pest and disease threats to horticulture in the Pacific islands, implemented by the University of Queensland and the Pacific Community.
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