Unlike most moths that feed on nectar, both sexes of adults can pierce ripening fruit, penetrate the skin and pulp of fruit with their modified mouthparts (proboscis) which is armed with saw teeth to withdraw juice. Microorganisms introduced by feeding moths cause rotting around the tiny puncture hole and premature fruit fall. These large nocturnal moths are serious adult pests of ripe and ripening fruits for a wide range of commercial fruits such as citrus, carambola, guava, mango, papaya, banana, fig, persimmon, longan, kiwifruit, egg plants, and tomato.

 

Wingspan:  80-120 mm

EREBIDAE, CALPINAE

(Fruit Piercing Moths)

Oraesia emarginata
(Erebidae, Calpinae)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20150814
Oraesia emarginata ♀
(Erebidae, Calpinae)
© Ann Van Wijgerden
Antipolo, Rizal
Oraesia sp.
(Erebidae, Calpinae)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
Plusiodonta sp.
(Erebidae; Calpinae)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20160723
Plusiodonta sp. nr. calcaurea
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Calpini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20170724
Eudocima aurantia ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Joy Valencia Villafuerte-Hafalla
aguio City
20140725
Eudocima cocalus ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio CIty
20140727
Eudocima cocalus ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Alicia Hafalla Bañares
Baguio City
20140529
Eudocima cocalus ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Alicia Hafalla Bañares
Baguio City
20140529
Eudocima cocalus ♂
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Albert Kang
Masbate
Eudocima cocalus ♂
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Rey M. Abellada
Baguio City
20160916
Eudocima cocalus ♂
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Andrea B. Agillon
Mabini, Batangas
Eudocima discrepans ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140828
Eudocima discrepans ♂
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140828
Eudocima discrepans ♂
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140828
Eudocima homaena ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Albert Kang
Camp 7 Minglanilla Cebu
20140602
Eudocima homaena ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140722
Eudocima homaena ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Albert Kang
Camp 7 Minglanilla Cebu
20140602
Eudocima okurai  ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140724
Eudocima okurai ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Benigno Santi II
Laguna
Eudocima okurai ♀
(Erebidae; Calpinae; Ophiderini)
© Linda Alisto
Baguio City
20140606
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