ⓘ Perina nuda


ⓘ Banyan tussock moth

Perina nuda, the clearwing tussock moth or banyan tussock moth, is a moth of the family Erebidae. The species was first described by Johan Christian Fabricius in 1787. It is found in the Indian subregion, Sri Lanka, to southern China Hong Kong, Thailand and Sundaland.


1. Description

Adults show striking sexual dimorphism. The caterpillar has a greyish head and flanks, with the broad black dorsum. Setae are white. Pupa is bristly, piebald in dark grey and cream. Setae in pupa orange. The caterpillar is a minor pest on several banyan species such as Ficus benjamina, Ficus benghalensis, Ficus racemosa, Ficus pumila and Ficus religiosa. and also many crop plants like Artocarpus and Mangifera.

The species is associated with an RNA virus called Perina nuda virus.


2. Research articles

  • The complete genome sequence of Perina nuda picorna-like virus, an insect-infecting RNA virus with a genome organization similar to that of the mammalian picornaviruses.
  • Continuous Cell line from Pupal Ovary of Perina nuda Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae That Is Permissive to Nuclear Polyhedrosis Virus from P. nuda
  • Perina nuda virus
  • Characterization of a multiple-nucleocapsid nucleopolyhedrovirus isolated from Perina nuda Fabricius Lepidoptera: Lymantriidae larvae
  • A Perina nuda cell line NTU-Pn-HF from pupal ovary that is persistently infected with a picorna-like virus PnPV
  • Life history of the Perina nuda Fabricius and virus production of the infected pupae
  • The 5′ untranslated region of Perina nuda virus PnV possesses a strong internal translation activity in baculovirus-infected insect cells