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Ostrinia nubialis
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Subfamily: Pyraustinae
Tribe: Pyraustini
Genus: Ostrinia
Hübner, 1825[1][2]
  • Eupolemarcha Meyrick, 1937
  • Micractis Warren, 1892
  • Zeaphagus Agenjo, 1952

Ostrinia is a genus of moths in the Crambidae family. Several of them, including the European Corn Borer, are agricultural pests.


Disputed species[edit]

  • Ostrinia maysalis P. Leraut, 2012, described from France.

Agricultural Problems[edit]

The Asian corn borer, Ostrinia furnacalis, is one of the biggest pests of maize in Asia, causing 10%-30% of yield losses in the field, and in some cases up to 80% yield loss.[7] These pests carry fungal pathogens (such as Bipolaris maydis and Curvularia lunata) which cause diseases such as Maydis leaf blight and curvularia leaf spot in the crop.


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  6. ^ "Ostrinia penitalis - "American Lotus Borer"". 
  7. ^ Wang, H., H. Dong, H. Qian, and B. Cong. "Laboratory Assessment of Entomopathogenic Nematode Symbiotic Bacteria to Control Maize Pest, Ostrinia Furnacalis, and Fungi Diseases, Bipolaris Maydis and Curvularia Lunata." Journal of Asia-Pacific Entomology 17.4 (2014): 823-27. Scopus. Web. 7 Dec. 2014