First Host Report of Earhead Worm, Autoba silicula (Swinhoe, 1897) on Maize


  • Mogili Ramaiah ICAR-Krishi Vigyan Kendra, Acharya N. G. Ranga Agricultural University, Kalyandurg 515761 Andhra Pradesh
  • Santhosh Naik ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute 110012, New Delhi
  • Naresh M. Meshram ICAR-Central Citrus Research Institute, Nagpur 440033, Maharashtra
  • Bhagyashree S. N. ICAR-Indian Institute of Horticultural Research, Bangalore 560089, Karnataka
  • P. R. Shashank ICAR-Indian Agricultural Research Institute 110012, New Delhi



Autoba silicula, Erebidae, Lepidoptera, morphology, taxonomy, male genitalia, host plants, maize, cob silk, new record, distribution, occurrence, New Delhi, India


Earhead worm Autoba silicula (Swinhoe, 1897) (Lepidoptera: Erebidae) is recorded for the first time in India on maize. Larvae were found feeding on maturing grains and silk, fully fed matured larvae pupates under a dome shaped or elongated galleries made of silk inside the cob. Roving survey conducted during 2019 and 2020 recorded on an average 0.40 and 0.45 larvae per plant, respectively, which is below the economic threshold. In the present study, information on species diagnosis with illustrations, occurrence, nature and symptoms of damage are provided.


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Ramaiah, M., Naik, S., Meshram, N. M., S. N., B., & Shashank, P. R. (2023). First Host Report of Earhead Worm, <i>Autoba silicula</i> (Swinhoe, 1897) on Maize. Indian Journal of Entomology, 86(1), 187–191.



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