Clearwing moth

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Scientific name: Synanthedon dasysceles  and Synanthedon sp.


Damage on stem by the larva of clearwing  moth (K.P.U. de Silva).

Adult clearwing moth (N. Smit).

Diagnostic summary

  • What they do to plants

- larvae burrow into the vines and sometimes into the top of the storage roots via the vine.

- vine base becomes  swollen and traversed with feeding galleries.

- with heavy infestation, the stem cracks and  breaks off easily at the base.

  • Stem and storage root damage is similar to  that of sweetpotato weevil but  with more swollen stem base and visible pupal cases.

  • Found only in Africa.


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