Molecular Biology and Genetics
Barcode data: Thysanoplusia orichalcea
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Statistics of barcoding coverage: Thysanoplusia orichalcea
Public Records: 1
Specimens with Barcodes: 58
Species With Barcodes: 1
Thysanoplusia orichalcea, known as the slender burnished brass, golden plusia or soybean looper (though technically not a member of the looper moth family), is a moth of the family Noctuidae. It is a polyphagous pest of vegetable crops that originated in Indonesia, from where it spread to Europe, South Asia, India, Africa, Australia and New Zealand. In northern Europe it is a migrant species.
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The wingspan is 36–44 mm. The fore wings are extensively covered with a metallic golden shimmering surface. Only the costal field and hem are brown in colour. The reniform and orbicular tain are small and white bordered. The unpatterned hindwings are grey-brown, somewhat darker at the margin. The thorax is furry and with some hair tufts, the proboscis is well developed.
The moth flies from August to October, depending on the location.
The larvae feed on various herbaceous plants, including crops such as sunflower, potato and soybean. In managing their population, phenylacetaldehyde, a volatile floral compound attractive to many Lepidoptera and present in Canada thistle, was found to be effective in trapping especially the females of the species.
- Stringer, L.D., et al (Dec 2008). "Floral attractants for the female soybean looper, Thysanoplusia orichalcea (Lepidoptera: Noctuidae)". Pest Manag Sci. 64 (12): 1218–21. doi:10.1002/ps.1621. PMID 18615789.
- "Robinson, G. S., P. R. Ackery, I. J. Kitching, G. W. Beccaloni & L. M. Hernández, 2010. HOSTS - A Database of the World's Lepidopteran Hostplants. Natural History Museum, London.".
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