Diatraea (genus)

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Diatraea crambidoides larva in maize stalk (click on image to enlarge it)
Source: Clemson University - USDA Cooperative Extension Slide Series - IPM Images

Diatraea Guilding, 1828

This genus of stem borers contains more than 50 species which are found in the Americas. It includes several important pests like the sugarcane stalk borer. They attack monocot crops like cereals and grasses.

The species of the genus are very closely related to those of Chilo. Both genera can be separated by the structure of the male genitalia and the lack of ocelli in Diatraea. However, some Chilo species also do not have ocelli.


Currently, the following species have been entered into the system: