Seq # 170620010

Opogona sacchari (Bojer, 1856) Species

Last modified: Oct. 16, 2021, 12:53 p.m.

A very rare species in Belgium, not often recorded.
This pest species has an I a II quarantaine status in the European Union, which means that all infected plants may not be transported. Plants in areas where the species is not established, should be destroyed in case of accidental introduction.


Family: Tineidae > Subfamily: Hieroxestinae > Genus: Opogona > Species: Opogona sacchari
Vernacular names
Bananenboorder (NL), Banana Moth (EN), Bananentriebbohrmotte (DE)
First mention in Belgium
Heungens A. & Van Daele E. 1969. Nieuwe parasieten in de Gentse sierplantenteelt. — Mededelingen Rijksfaculteit Landbouwwetenschappen Gent 34(1): 119–123. On page 119.




Museum specimens

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Specimens in nature


Mostly found in greenhouses and nurseries. Pupation in a brown cocoon.

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Flight periods

The adults can been observed throughout the year, depending on temperature.

Observed on

Host plant (species):
Sanseviera trifasciata
Host plant (genera):

The larva lives on a variety of plants including: Zeta, Cordyline, Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, Araucaria, Sanseveria, Begonia, Ficus, Strelitzia, Bougainvillea etc...

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