African pink stem borer

African pink stem borer

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Caption: African pink stem borer (Sesamia calamistis). The larvae of this moth feed on a wide range of plants, boring into the plant stems. The crops affected include rice, millet, sugar cane, wheat and maize. It is found in many tropical and subtropical regions of Africa. Its numbers can be reduced by use of the parasitic wasp Cotesia sesamiae, a form of biological pest control.

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