Pectinophora scutigera

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Pectinophora scutigera
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Gelechiidae
Genus: Pectinophora
Species: P. scutigera
Binomial name
Pectinophora scutigera
(Holdaway, 1926)
  • Platyedra scutigera Holdaway, 1926

The Queensland pink bollworm or pinkspotted bollworm (Pectinophora scutigera) is a moth of the Gelechiidae family. It was described from Australia, where it occurs in coastal and central Queensland. It has also been recorded from Hawaii, New Guinea and Micronesia.

Adults are very similar to Pectinophora gossypiella and can only be separated with certainty by an examination of the genitalia.

The larvae feed on Gossypium species, Hibiscus tiliaceus and Thespesia populnea. Practically all parts of the host plants are liable to attack, including squares, flowers, bolls in all stages, terminal shoots, boll pedicels and even fairly woody. Larvae often seem to browse on the green tissues of the outside of the bolls before entering the bolls, and sometimes make several holes in a group without gaining entrance to the boll through any of them.

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