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Diatraea saccharalis (Sugarcane Borer)

Wikipedia Abstract

The Sugarcane Borer (Diatraea saccharalis) is a species of moth of the Crambidae family. It is native to the Caribbean, Central America, and the warmer parts of South America south to northern Argentina. It was introduced to Louisiana in about 1855, and has since spread to the other Gulf Coast States. The wingspan is 18-28 mm for males and 27-39 mm. The larvae are considered a pest on sugarcane and other crops such as corn, rice, sorghum, and sudangrass. Other food plants include Sorghum halepense, Paspalum, Panicum, Holcus and Andropogon.
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Wing Span [1]  1.063 inches (.027 m)

Prey / Diet

Oryza sativa (rice)[2]
Saccharum officinarum (sugarcane)[2]
Sorghum halepense (aleppo milletgrass)[1]
Zea mays (corn)[2]


Lixophaga diatraeae[2]


Parasitized by 
Lixophaga diatraeae[2]
Nemorilla pyste[2]

External References



Attributes / relations provided by
1Sugarcane Borer, Diatraea saccharalis (Fabricius) (Insecta: Lepidoptera: Pyralidae), John L. Capinera, University of Florida, July 2001. Revised June 2009
2Jorrit H. Poelen, James D. Simons and Chris J. Mungall. (2014). Global Biotic Interactions: An open infrastructure to share and analyze species-interaction datasets. Ecological Informatics.
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