Chilo spp.

Sugarcane top borer. Image SRA

Chilo auricilius, C. infuscatellus, C. sacchariphagus, C. terrenellus and C. tumidicostalis: Eldana saccharina, Polyocha depressella, Scirpophaga excerptalis and Sesamia grisescens

  • Significant yield loss including total crop destruction can occur.
  • Damage depends on the borer species and cane variety grown. Most severe losses occur with:
    – Top borer (Scirpophaga excerptalis)
    – Ramu shoot borer (Sesamia grisescens)
    – Stalk borer (Chilo sacchariphagus)
    – Stalk borer (Chilo terrenellus)

Description and symptoms

  • Adults are medium sized grey or white moths.
  • Larvae create tunnels in the stem.
  • Feeding may cause damage to the growing point and causes the formation of dead heart in young plants.
  • Small holes may be visible on infested stalks.

Spread

  • Adult moths are able to fly over short distances.
  • Larvae can be spread inside infested planting material.

High priority pest of:  Sugarcane

Scientific name: Chilo spp., Eldana saccharina, Polyocha depressella, Scirpophaga excerptalis and Sesamia grisescens
EPPRD Category:
Life Form: Butterflies & moths (LEPIDOPTERA)

Pest Documents

FS: fact sheet

CP: contingency plan

DP: diagnostic protocol