Citrus fruit borer

Citrus fruit borer

Photo by A. Beattie, University of Western Sydney

  • Larvae of moth: Citripestis sagittiferella
  • Found in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Thailand
  • Larvae (approx. 20 mm in length) are orange to dark reddish brown with dark brown head
  • Adult moth is grey-brown with yellow to grey-brown forewings and translucent hindwings (27 mm wingspan)
  • Larvae penetrate fruit causing in rotting and premature drop of fruit
  • Look for minute holes in, and cavities under fruit surface
  • Spread with infested plant material

High priority pest of: Citrus

Scientific name: Citripestis sagittiferella
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol