Busseola fusca, African maize stalk borer
The African maize stalkborer originates from and is present throughout mainland sub-Saharan Africa. It is not known to occur outside this area.This species occurs from sea level to altitudes above 2000 m and has adapted to different local conditions.
Busseola fusca affects maize, sorghum and sugar cane, damaging both the plant and the flowers. Its larvae are the active destroyers of crops in both the flowering and vegetative stages. They attack the stems, leaves and seeds of plants, including wild grasses.