Larvae of the Cactus Moth on a thornless prickly pear in our garden at Jansenville in the Eastern Cape of South Africa.
Larwe van die turksvymot in ons tuin op Jansenville.
Cactoblastis cactorum, commonly known as the Cactus Moth, South American Cactus Moth, or Nopal Moth, is native to South America. This species has been introduced into South Africa to control prickly pears (Opuntia). Larvae will typically spend two months within the host cactus during the summer, and approximately four months during the winter. Mature larvae exit the cactus pad to form cocoons. They pupate under debris on the ground at the base of the plant. As soon as the moths emerge, they search a mate, and usually reproduce three to four times within their lifetime. (Wikipedia)
Die volwasse larwes van die turksvymot is redelik bekend by turksvy plante wat besmet is. Die oranje wurms met swart strepe word binne-in die blaaie gevind, waar hulle voed op die sagte plantweefsel en die blaar uithol totdat die plant mettertyd ineen stort. Die larwes kom gewoonlik van September tot ongeveer Mei voor.
Camera: CanonEOS 500D Canon EF 100mm f/2.8 USM Macro Lens