Economic and social impact in the event of the cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum) establishing in Mexico.

Sánchez A., H., J. Cibrián T., J. Osorio C. y C. Aldama A.
Insect pest control newsletter. 69: 10., 2007.


A cactus moth outbreak was detected in Mexico in September 2006 in Isla Mujeres, Quintana Roo. The cactus moth constitutes a mayor risk for wild and cultivated opuntias in Mexico. This has special importance in view of the high diversity of native opuntias and the approximately 25 thousand families that depend directly on prickly pear cactus production. Nevertheless, some natural factors may limit the distribution of the cactus moth in some areas such as altitude and genetic variability of the species of Opuntia.