Lepidoptera as insect pests

Other Names:
Caterpillars as pests
Moths at pests
Butterflies as pests

Lepidoptera are butterflies and moths, the larvae of which have extremely destructive feeding habits. In fact, many of the most destructive agricultural, forest and household pests are caterpillars.


The great majority of Lepidoptera feed on plants, chiefly on the foliage. Most larvae chew up whole leaves, though some, the leaf miners, tunnel into the leaves. Other groups mine under the stems of plants and the barks of trees; species of many families bore into buds or soft, succulent stems.

Broader Problems:
Insect pests
Related UN Sustainable Development Goals:
GOAL 2: Zero HungerGOAL 15: Life on Land
Problem Type:
E: Emanations of other problems
Date of last update
04.10.2020 – 22:48 CEST