Perixera illepidaria (mango shoot looper) in Queensland

Publication Date
Tue, 21 Dec 2021, 00:14
Last Updated
Dec. 21, 2021, 12:14 a.m.
Report Number
AUS-106/1
Country
Australia
Report Status
Final
Hosts
Anacardium occidentale (cashew), Dimocarpus longan (longan), Litchi chinensis (lychee), Mangifera indica (mango), Nephelium lappaceum (rambutan), Pistacia vera (pistachio), Ricinus communis (castor). Detections in north Queensland have only been on lychee and mango.
Pest Status (ISPM 8 - 2021)
  • Present: not widely distributed and not under official control
Geographical Distribution
Queensland
Summary

In September 2021, Perixera illepidaria was detected at a commercial mango orchard in Mutchilba, north Queensland, causing severe damage on a mango plant (Mangifera indica). The pest is currently spread over a significant distance in northern Queensland, with detections from both commercial mango and lychee properties. Synonyms: Anisodes illepidaria Guenée, 1857; Anisodes semicompleta Walker, 1861; Anisodes immemorial Walker, 1866; Anisodes strictaria Snellen, 1881

Danger
Severe infestations of Perixera illepidaria can cause 80–100% leaf and flower damage on affected trees and significant crop losses due to damage to flowers and immature fruit. In north Queensland, in the absence of effective chemical control the pest has been observed causing significant damage on mango plants, which includes totally stripping back flowers and destroying young fruit. Monitoring for the pest during flowering to ensure early detection and application of chemical controls can significantly reduce its impact.
Contact for info
Australian Chief Plant Protection Officer Australian Government Department of Agriculture GPO Box 858 Canberra ACT 2601 [email protected]
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