Cactus Moth Threatening Prickly Pear Cactus in Texas

The invasive Cactus moth, previously limited to Cuba, Florida and Louisiana has now become established and is spreading in Texas. The moth appears to have jumped over the Houston area into Brazoria County and is now established deep into the south of the state. The moth is feeding on prickly pear, a wild cactus consumed by a variety of wildlife and cattle.

Entomologists are currently conducting research into potential biological control methods utilizing Apanteles opuntiarum, a tiny parasitic wasp.

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