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1 April 2017 Identification of Fruit-Piercing Moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) and Damage Caused to Papaya Fruit in Mexico
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Eudocima spp. adults are moths that feed on ripe or ripening fruit. Occasionally, some species can cause economic losses in commercial crops. In Mexico, this group of lepidopterans has been little studied and the information is limited to capture records in diverse regions of the country. However, in recent years, damage to commercial maradol papaya crops caused by these moths has been detected. The species identified as Eudocima serpentifera and Eudocima apta were found feeding on papaya fruits. Although the two moths can be differentiated by external characteristics, problems have arisen in terms of determining the species. This paper provides comparative descriptions and images of diagnostic traits for precise identification. Moreover, the damage that these species cause is described and illustrated.

Artemio Hernández-Ruiz, Carlos Patricio Illescas-Riquelme, Néstor Bautista-Martínez, Reyna Vargas-Abasolo, Jorge M. Valdez-Carrasco, and Pedro Figueroa-Castro "Identification of Fruit-Piercing Moths (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) and Damage Caused to Papaya Fruit in Mexico," Entomological News 126(5), 415-420, (1 April 2017). https://doi.org/10.3157/021.126.0511
Received: 26 August 2016; Accepted: 1 November 2016; Published: 1 April 2017
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