Asian Corn Borer

Ostrinia furnacalis, Asian corn borer moth is an important insect of maize, millet, mung bean, and many grasses. It is also known as Oriental Corn Borer or Asian Maize Borer. This insect is geographically  distributed in Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, China, India, Indonesia, Jammu and Kashmir, Japan, Korea, Laos, Malaysia, Pakistan, Philippines, Sikkim, Singapore, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam, USSR, Australasia  and Pacific islands, Australia, Caroline Islands, Marianas Islands, Papua and New Guinea, and Solomon Islands.

Russell IPM manufactures and supplies pheromone lure, traps and complete monitoring systems for Ostrinia furnacalis, Asian corn borer moth. Pheromone trap data give early warning of the infestation and also will alert the user to low level of infestation before it become serious.


The life cycle of the pest was 27-46 days with an average of 37.50 days. Eggs are laid by groups under the leaves. Egg period was 3-4 days. There are 5 larval instars, and the period of each instar was 3-7 days. Pupa stage period was 7-9 days, and moth period was 2-7 days. Natural enemies of the pest in South Sulawesi include the egg parasitoid Trichogramma evanescens and larval parasites belonging to Ichneumonidae, Braconidae and Tachinidae. Approximately 71.56-89.80% of the eggs were infected by parasitoids. The percentage of the larvae infected is 1-6%. Predators of the pest include Proreus, Euborellia spp., Lycosa spp., Chrysopa spp. and Orius tristicolor. (Nonci, N. 2004).

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Trap application guidelines

Do not re-use the trap to monitor different insects as this may lead to mixed catches. One trap for every two hectares of large scale fields of homogenous lands.

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Lures for pest monitoring


Lures can be changed every 4-6 weeks to get the most accurate results.

Lures handling

Pheromone lures are a very sensitive tool. They can be affected by exposure to elevated heat and direct sunshine. Direct touching by hand may cause cross contamination leading to mixed catches in the trap. Some contaminants such as Nicotine May have repellent effect reducing trap catch.

Lure Storage

Store in a cool dry place.

Shelf life can vary from 3-36 months depending on the storage temperature.

See Technical Data Sheet for further details.

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