Prays nephelomima

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Citrus flower moth
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Animalia
Clade: Euarthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Plutellidae
Genus: Prays
Species: P. nephelomima
Binomial name
Prays nephelomima
Meyrick, 1907[1]

Prays nephelomima, the citrus flower moth, is a moth of the family Plutellidae. It is found in Australia (New South Wales and southern Queensland). It was first recorded as being present in New Zealand in 1975.[2][3]

The wingspan is about 10 mm.[2]

The larvae are a pest on Citrus species. They bore into the petals or receptacle of the flower buds of their host plant, causing premature flower drop or fruit distortion.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Prays nephelomima". bie.ala.org.au. Atlas of Living Australia. Retrieved 15 January 2017. 
  2. ^ a b c Dale, P. S.; Hayes, J. C.; Johannesson, Jennifer (2 September 1975). "New records of plant pests in New Zealand". New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 19 (2): 265–269. doi:10.1080/00288233.1976.10426777. 
  3. ^ Somerfield, K. G. (1977). "Insects of economic significance recently recorded in New Zealand". New Zealand Journal of Agricultural Research. 20 (3): 421–428. doi:10.1080/00288233.1977.10427354. 

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