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|Lantanophaga pusillidactyla (Walker, 1864)|
Common name: Lantana Plume moth
L. pusillidactyla is a flower-feeeding moth of Lantana camara, is widespread and common, but has limited impact on its control. The adults feed on flowers, and lay eggs in flower heads.The larvae feed inside flowers or tunnel around the base of the flower. Development time from egg to adult is about 14 days depending on temperature.
Populations of L. pusillidactyla are the greatest in late summer, when over 50% of flower heads can
be damaged, resulting in fewer seeds being produced.
The moth is found on all varieties of Lantana camara
and on Lantana montevidensis
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