Ostrinia nubilalis

801423.00 — 4949 — Ostrinia nubilalis (Hübner, 1796) — European Corn Borer

Larval Host(s)

Presumed main host
on Block Island:

Known hosts:

Polyphagous (herbaceous plants)



Sex Differences

Wing maculation sexually dimorphic.


Males are quite distinctive, while females may be distinguished from O. obumbratalis and O. penitalis most easily by the shape of the PM line near the inner margin, which lacks the large tooth found in those species, and their larger size.


  • Species Page at Moth Photographers Group
  • Barcode of Life (BOLD) - Caution: Some specimens shown may not be sequenced. DNA barcode provides evidence of relatedness not proof of identification.
  • Factsheet at Florida Featured Creatures.
  • Munroe, E., 1976. Moths of America North of Mexico, Fascicle 13.2a, p. 26; pl. 1.33-36. order or free PDF
  • Powell, J. A. & P. A. Opler, 2009. Moths of Western North America, Pl. 22.25f, 22.26f; p. 173. Book Review and ordering
  • Species Page at BugGuide