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

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The Webworm


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

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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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