White plume moth

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Scientific Name: Aciptilia niveodactyla Pagenstecher


Larva of white plume moth (E. Vasquez).


Adult white plume moth  (E. Vasquez).

Diagnostic summary

  • What they do to plants

- larvae feed on the young shoots, preferring unopened leaves.


- young larvae feed on the upper epidermis only leaving the lower epidermis intact while older larvae feed right through the leaves, producing numerous holes, sometimes eating the entire leaf blade leaving only the petiole.

  • Initial damage of this insect can be mistaken as caused by the brown leaffolder. However, leaf damage caused by brown leaf folder turns brown while that of white plume larva does not.

  • Has only been reported to occur in the Philippines.


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