Photo 1. Early-stage larvae of the ramie moth, Arcte coerula, feeding together on underside of a leaf.
Photo 3. Later-stage larvae of the ramie moth, Arcte coerula strip the leaves, leaving only the main veins.
Ramie moth, banana moth (name given in this fact sheet). The name 'ramie' is a common name for the main host, Boehmeria nivea.
Arcte coerula; previously, Cocytodes coerulea. It is a moth of the Noctuidae.
AUTHOR Grahame Jackson & Mani Mua
Information Coffs Harbour Butterfly House. (http://lepidoptera.butterflyhouse.com.au/calp/coerula.html); and (Photos ???) from Liangbin Zeng, et al. (2016) Transcriptome analysis of ramie (Boehmeria nivea L. Gaud.) in response to ramie moth (Cocytodes coerulea Guenée) infestation. BioMed Research International. Article ID 3702789 (http://dx.doi.org/10.1155/2016/3702789). Photo 1 Masaki Ikeda, Japan. (https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Arcte_coerula_larva_08Oct16.jpg). Photo 2 Patrick Randall, Ramie moth, Arcte coerulea (Guenee, 1952), Norwood, MA. (https://www.flickr.com/photos/animaliaproject/6512086055). Photo 4 Alexey Yakovlev, Moscow, Russia. (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arcte_coerula#/media/File:Arcte_coerula_(Erebidae-_Catocalinae)_(4199144357).jpg). Photo 5 CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics. http://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=308358).
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 Secretariat of the Pacific Community.
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