Caterpillar damaging basil

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moth BL 2.7 mm

specimens AM20080629.003 - .006

Pyrausta sp., possibly acrionalis (Family Crambidae) See

According to Zimmerman(2001) "Pyrausta has 11 species with western pacific affinities", so this may be one of those rare cases where an island endemic has become an agricultural pest.


Google Books

Insects of Hawaii: Manual of the Insects of the Hawaiian Islands, 
Including an Enumeration of the Species and Notes on 
Their Origins, Distribution, Hosts, Parasites, Etc
By Elwood C. Zimmerman
Contributor Elwood C. Zimmerman, James K. Liebherr
Published by University of Hawaii Press, 2001
ISBN 082482427X, 9780824824273
206 pages