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Legume Pod Borer

Scientific Name
Maruca vitrata
Scientific Author
(Fabricius, 1787)
Taxonomy
(Lepidoptera: Crambidae: Spilomelinae: Spilomelini)
Pest Status
0 Unknown
Status
NZ - Exotic
Reliability
High
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LEP78
Source
Caroline Harding MAF
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Diagnostic Notes

Adult

Wingspan 20-25 mm; forewing brown with a white band extending two-thirds down wing from leading edge; inside this band near the leading edge is a white spot. Hindwing predominantly translucent white with an irregular brown border. When at rest, they adopt a characteristic pose with outspread wings and the front of the body raised.

Egg

Pale cream and flattened.

Larva

Pale cream with two rows of distinctive paired black markings on their back. In the final instar, these markings are often very pale. Larvae can reach 18 mm in length; prespiracular shield of prothorax crescent shaped extending below spiracle.

References

- Brier, H. (2008). Bean podborer. Available online: [http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/269885ENAHTML.htm](http://www.dpi.qld.gov.au/cps/rde/dpi/hs.xsl/269885ENAHTML.htm) (Date of access: 25 June 2009).

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Specimen Contact
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Author
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory
Created
31/08/2011 12:42 AEST
Last Updated
11/04/2014 02:45 AEST
Citation
MAF Plant Health & Environment Laboratory (2011) Legume Pod Borer (Maruca vitrata) Updated on 4/11/2014 2:45:06 AM Available online: PaDIL - http://www.padil.gov.au.
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