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Journal of the Department of Agriculture, Western Australia, Series 3

Article Title

The Webworm

Keywords

Western Australia, Webworm, caterpillar, Talis pedionoma Major, Sclerobia tritialis Wlk, Pests, Insects, Crambid moth

First Page Number

69

Last Page Number

76

Abstract

The popular name webworm has been applied to a small caterpillar whose depredations in ploughed-in wheat crops have concerned farmers in this State for many years. The first record of the insect as a pest was made by Newman (1927) under the scientific name of Sclerobia tritialis Wlk. and it has been referred to as such in all subsequent Departmental publications. Recent investigations, how-ever, suggest that either more than one species of insects is covered by the term webworm or that the true webworm is a Crambid moth known as Talis pedionoma Mayr.

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