Caterpillar damaging basil

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moth BL 2.7 mm

specimens AM20080629.003 - .006

This is Pyrausta phoenicealis (Family Crambidae)
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This moth was collected for the first time on Guam in 1936 (Swezey 1946). Specimens were reared from Elaphantopus and a weed of the mint family.


Swezey, O. H. 1946. Lepidoptera: Geometridae, Arctiidae, and Pyralidae of Guam. In Insects of Guam II. Bulletin 189. Bishop Museum.