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


Insect identification, Insect pest control, Talis pedionoma Mayr., 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 some subsequent Departmental publications. Recent investigations, however, suggest that either more than one species of insect is covered by the term webworm or that the true webworm is a Crambid moth known as Talis pedionoma Mayr.