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Cactoblastis cactorum
(a type of moth)

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HEAR CLOSING      HEAR CLOSING      HEAR CLOSING

A message from Dr. David Duffy, Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (PCSU), University of Hawaii (posted 05 November 2012):

Because of a lack of funds, HEAR (www.hear.org) may close as soon as December 15, although there may be enough funds to extend it until February 15. This will mean several things. The web site will be placed on a new server although it is not clear who will pay for the server or for transitioning the site. HEAR data will not be updated. The Pacific Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) (http://www.hear.org/pier/abtproj.htm) site will also become frozen, as will numerous books, reports and papers (http://www.hear.org/). As software evolves we will likely lose the ability to access the data. The various list servers will need new owners, otherwise moderated lists will cease to function altogether, while other lists will not be able to add or delete members. The photo collection (http://www.hear.org/starr/images/?o=plants) will remain accessible, but only through a third party site that will charge for access.

I should point out that we have already lost the original homes of both the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) and Pacific Ecosystems at Risk (PIER) although they have found temporary refuges. Together with HEAR, they represent the corporate memory both here in Hawaii and across the Pacific of efforts to sustain our natural ecosystems and agriculture against problems caused by species alien to the islands. HEAR also serves as the glue that holds the community together, providing information and facilitating communication. I just hope hindsight is kind to this decision.

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Species description or overview

Cactus moth species profile (USDA)
Links for the cactus moth (Cactoblastis cactorum), including distribution maps, citations, and quarantine measures, are provided by the National Invasive Species Information Center.

Cactoblastis cactorum description and ecology from GISD (ISSG)
A species description and information about the ecology of Cactoblastis cactorum as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Taxonomy & nomenclature

Cactoblastis cactorum information from ITIS
The Integrated Taxonomic Information System ITIS provides authoritative taxonomic information on Cactoblastis cactorum, as well as other plants, animals, fungi, and microbes of North America and the world.


Impacts

Cactus moth detection and monitoring network
"A research, extension, and coordination effort to monitor the spread and develop integrated control of cactus moth has been developed as part of collaborative research between USGS, Mississippi State University, and USDA-APHIS PPQ. The purpose of this collaboration is to produce a network to identify distributions of pricklypear cactus, to provide early detection and tracking for cactus moth, and to inform and educate people of the threat imposed by the cactus moth, on the protection of pricklypear cactus, and on the prevention of the spread of this invasive species."

Cactoblastis cactorum impact information from GISD (ISSG)
Impact information regarding Cactoblastis cactorum as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Control methods

Cactoblastis cactorum management information from GISD (ISSG)
Management information for Cactoblastis cactorum as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Management plans

Management plans for invasive animals by species (USDA)
Management plans for invasive animals are provided by the National Invasive Species Information Center.


Biocontrol efforts

The cactus moth: Friend turned foe View info about Adobe Acrobat PDF format
Cactoblastis cactorum introduced for biological control of invasive prickly pear cacti in Australia and Hawaii, has become an invasive pest in North America (USDA APHIS).


Images

Cactoblastis cactorum images (Starr)
Images of Cactoblastis cactorum (Pyralidae) (Opuntia / prickly pear cactus moth are provided by from Forest and Kim Starr.


Distribution

Cactoblastis cactorum worldwide distribution from GISD (ISSG)
Worldwide distribution information about Cactoblastis cactorum is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Full-text articles

Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research
Stone, Charles P., Clifford W. Smith, and J. Timothy Tunison (eds.) . 1992. Alien plant invasions in native ecosystems of Hawaii: Management and research. Honolulu: University of Hawaii Cooperative National Park Resources Studies Unit. ISBN: 0-8248-1474-6.

Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii
Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds.) . 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages.

Strategies for expanding and improving overseas research for biological control and weeds
Balciunas, Joe. 2002. Strategies for expanding and improving overseas research for biological control and weeds. pp. 1-7 in Smith, Clifford W., Julie Denslow, and Stephen Hight (eds). 2002. Proceedings of workshop on biological control of native ecosystems in Hawaii. Pacific Cooperative Studies Unit (University of Hawaii at Manoa, Department of Botany) Technical Report 129. 122 pages. from http://www.botany.hawaii.edu/faculty/duffy/techr/129.pdf accessed 16 March 2008.


Experts

Cactoblastis cactorum contacts from GISD (ISSG)
Contact information for experts on Cactoblastis cactorum as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


Other resources

Cactoblastis cactorum references from GISD (ISSG)
References regarding Cactoblastis cactorum as an invasive species is provided from the Global Invasive Species Database (GISD). GISD was created and is maintained by IUCN's Invasive Species Specialist Group (ISSG).


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The Hawaiian Ecosystems at Risk project (HEAR) is currently funded by grants from the Hau'oli Mau Loa Foundation and the U.S. Forest Service with support from PCSU (UH Manoa). Historically, HEAR has also received funding and/or support from the Pacific Basin Information Node (PBIN) of the National Biological Information Infrastructure (NBII), PIERC (USGS), the USFWS, HCSU (UH Hilo), and HALE (NPS).

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