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Honeydew moth
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Scientific classification
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Family:
Pyralidae
Genus:
Cryptoblabes
Species:
C. gnidiella
Binomial name
Cryptoblabes gnidiella
(Millière, 1867)
Synonyms
  • Ephestia gnidiella Millière, 1867
  • Cryptoblabes aliena Swezey, 1909
  • Albinia wockiana Briosi, 1877

Cryptoblabes gnidiella, the honeydew moth or Christmasberry moth, is a moth of the family Pyralidae. It is natively found around the Mediterranean Sea and is an introduced species in South America and Middle America.

The wingspan is 11–20 mm. The caterpillars feed on oranges and other types of citrus fruit, apple and maize. The adults feed on honeydew, and their association with the Christmasberry (Brazilian pepper, Schinus terebinthifolius) seems to be mainly for that reason.

This species has been reported from several dozen host plants, including many cultivated plants, especially fruits (e.g. grapes, lemons, and pomegranates). It is considered a serious pest together with accompanying insects.

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