Leucinodes orbonalis

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Leucinodes orbonalis (click on image to enlarge it)
Author(s): Donald Hobern
Source: Wikimedia Commons

Leucinodes orbonalis Guenée, 1854 - (eggplant fruit and shoot borer)

This moth is an important pest of eggplants in southern Asia. The larvae bore into the shoots and midribs, causing wilting, and into developing fruits, causing damaged, distorted and unmarketable fruits. Yield losses can exceed 50%. Control involves mainly the repeated use of pesticides.

The larvae are pink to red. The adult moths are mainly whitish with a central brown mark and a body length of around 12-15 mm. Males are slightly smaller (wingspan ~ 20 mm) compared to females (wingspan ~ 23 mm).

Vernacular names
• Deutsch: Auberginenfruchtbohrer
• English: eggplant fruit and shoot borer
brinjal fruit and shoot borer
• Français: perceuse de l'aubergine