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Subject: A casebearer moth, Blastobasis graminea, recorded in Mexico and Central America
Publicada: October 02, 2002
Adamski, D., J. W. Brown, J. A. Villanueva-Jimenez, and M. Mendez Lopez. 2002. First records of the sugarcane pest, Blastobasis graminea Adamski (Lepidoptera: Coleophoridae: Blastobasinae), from Mexico and Central America. Proc. Entomol. Soc. Wash. 104(3): 812-813.

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The article states that this species has been a pest of sugarcane in Colombia and Venezuela for 50 years. It now appears to have spread to other areas and might have switched hosts from native grasses to cultivated crops in some cases. Recorded crop hosts thus far are sugarcane, sorghum, and maize.

The authors note: "...the potential of B. graminea to become a more widespread and economically important pest of sugarcane seems high in light of the information presented herein."