Wild Florida Photo - Cactoblastis cactorum

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Cactoblastis cactorum


Not native to Florida


This is a problem invasive species that threatens native plants of the Opuntia genus. The cactus moth lays it's eggs on prickly pear cacti, and after hatching the larvae burrow into the cactus pads. As they feed on the cactus the frass is pushed out of the pad appearing as an ooze that drips down the cactus piling up on the ground. More information on cactus moths can be found at the University of Florida IFAS web site.

Cactoblastis cactorum is a member of the Pyralidae - Snout moths family.

Date record last modified:
Oct 07, 2009