Attributes of Cactoblastis cactorum

Cactus Moth
Cactoblastis cactorum (Berg, 1885)

Family: Pyralidae
Subfamily: Phycitinae
Identification: The adult cactus moths are non-descript brownish-gray moths that can only be definitively identified by a microscopic examination of dissected male genitalia, although the native species differ from Cactoblastis in having a more plumose antenna. Mature larvae are predominantly red or orange, and this color is interrupted by dark banding or spots on the body.
Wing Span:
Life History: Adult females lay eggs on top of one another, forming an egg stick that resembles a cactus spine. Larvae feed by burrowing into a pad. Their activity can kill the host plant.
Flight: Three flights in the southeastern United States: late March - May, July - August, and late September - mid-November.
Caterpillar Hosts: Pricklypear cacti (Opuntia spp.)
Adult Food:
Habitat:
Range: Native to Argentina, now found in the southeastern United States.
Conservation:
NCGR:
Management Needs: Prevention of further spread of this invasive species is a high priority. For more information, contact the Cactus Moth Detection and Monitoring Network.
Taxonomy Notes:

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Observation Date Submitter Region Verified Datesort icon
November 11, 2008 Pete Williams Santa Rosa County, Florida, United States August 23, 2011 Details
October 29, 2001 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Lake County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
November 09, 2000 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Volusia County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
November 09, 2000 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Flagler County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
November 12, 2002 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Pasco County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
November 17, 1997 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Lee County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
December 15, 1997 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Seminole County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
December 18, 2003 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Hillsborough County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
December 24, 2001 legacy.reporter (Florida Interior) Miami-Dade County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
January 08, 2008 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
September 11, 2007 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
September 11, 2007 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
September 11, 2007 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
November 14, 2007 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
December 03, 2007 legacy.reporter (Tom Harding) St Johns County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 02, 2005 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Highlands County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 02, 2005 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Highlands County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 25, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 25, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Chatham County, Georgia, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 25, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Chatham County, Georgia, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 25, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Chatham County, Georgia, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 26, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 26, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 26, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
February 26, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Beaufort County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 15, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 15, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 24, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 28, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 28, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 28, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 29, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 29, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 29, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
March 29, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Charleston County, South Carolina, United States April 09, 2009 Details
May 06, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
May 06, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Wakulla County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
May 06, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
May 21, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
June 18, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Taylor County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 16, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 16, 2002 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 19, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Mobile County, Alabama, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details
July 20, 2004 legacy.reporter (Stephen Hight) Franklin County, Florida, United States April 09, 2009 Details