Bondi Junction NSW, Australia
Fact Sheets
Coconut spike moth (111)
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds
Pacific Pests, Pathogens and Weeds


  • Narrow distribution. Southeast Asia. On coconut and oil palm, mostly. There are conflicting views on whether this moth is a pest. Nut fall occurs naturally, with the number adjusted to reserves of the palm; if the moth accounts for 10% then natural nutfall will be less, so that the overall effect on yield is negligible.
  •  Eggs are laid at the base of flowers and leaves; the larvae bore into female flowers causing them to fall.
  • Natural enemies: wasp parastoids are known.
  • Cultural control: in the Philippines MAWA hybrids are thought to be more susceptible.
  • Chemical control: none recommended: unlikely to be economic, and insecticides will kill the parasitoids. Additionally, the pest status of this insect is uncertain

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