Fruitpiercing Moth

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Fruitpiercing Moth CaterpillerGenus: Eudocima
Species: Eudocima fullonia
Common names: Fruitpiercing Moth
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I found a couple of these loopy-loop caterpillars busily devouring the leaves of the Sarcopetalum harveyanum. The moth of this species is an agricultural pest. It uses its strong proboscis to pierce the skin of fruit at night to suck the fruit juices. The hole that is left in the fruit allows fungi and bacteria to enter, causing the fruit to rot prematurely. I also found these caterpillars on the Echinostephia aculeata (Prickly Snake Vine). (February 2008)