A network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests.
PestNet is a network that helps people worldwide obtain rapid advice and information on crop protection, including the identification and management of plant pests. It started in 1999. Anyone with an interest in plant protection is welcome to join. PestNet is free and is moderated, ensuring that messages are confined to plant protection.
December 2002. Palau asked if this was Chrysodeixis chalcites? It was found on a green tomato fruit. It was not sure that it was the cause of the damage; it looks as if it may be taking advantage of snail damage.
PestNet members thought that C eriosoma was the common semi-looper noctuid found on vegetables such as tomatoes in the southwest Pacific. In extensive surveys of lepidoptera on vegetables and associated weeds in Fiji, the only plusiine reared was C eriosoma. It can cause lots of leaf damage, but only occasionally damages tomato fruit. Chrysodeixis chalcites is the Eurasian species
Chrysodeixis chalcites was considered to be a widespread species with a variety of synonyms throughout the world. A number of these are now considered to be valid species including C eriosoma. This species is common and widespread in Australia, while the closely related C subsidens is only common in southern parts of Australia. The larvae of both agree with the photo and have a small thin black line through the ocelli (which the photo shows?). The third species found in Australia, C argentifera, lacks these lines.