Scientific name

Dipha aphidivora (Meyrick) (=Melitene aphidivora, Conobathra aphidivora, Cryptoblabes aphidivora)

Taxonomic position

Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae


 Eggs laid on paper
Larva feeding on Ceratovacuna lanigera
 Larva on artificial diet
     Adult moth


Widely distributed in India (Karnataka; Kerala; Maharashtra; Tamil Nadu). Thailand. Indonesia. Japan. Philippines. Taiwan.

Hosts / Associated habitat

Predatory on bamboo aphids (Pseudoregma bambusicola and P. alexanderi) and sugarcane woolly aphid, Ceratovacuna lanigera Zehntner. Found effective in controlling C. lanigera in field conditions. Field level mass production is done by establishing larval nurseries on sugarcane raised in shade nets (10m x 10m) and after 3-4 months over 10,000 predators can be harvested, sufficient to control the pest in about 10 hectares of land, if released regularly during the peak infestation months of June-July in peninsular India. D. aphidivora has proved particularly voracious and, as a moth, has been able to spread easily to neighbouring areas.


  • Arakaki, N. & Yoshiyasu, Y. 1988. Notes on biology, taxonomy and distribution of the aphidophagous pyralid, Dipha aphidivora (Meyrick) comb. nov. (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Applied Entomology and Zoology, 23: 234-244.