Characterisation of a nucleopolyhedrovirus and Spiroplasma sp. bacterium associated with outbreaking populations of the Antler moth Cerapteryx graminis

Robert I. Graham, Laura Hartley, Kenneth Wilson

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A broad survey was undertaken to characterise microbes associated with larval outbreaks of the Antler moth Cerapteryx graminis in Cumbria, United Kingdom. A nucleopolyhedrovirus present in all sampled populations at ≤5% prevalence, was characterised via restriction fragment length polymorphism and partial sequencing the Polyhedrin, Lef-8 and Lef-9 genes; indicating a previously uncharacterised species most closely related to Agrotis ipsilon NPV. A survey of the host-associated bacterial community detected a species phylogenetically related to Spiroplasma sp., a male-killing phenotype previously isolated from Lepidoptera and Coleoptera, present at
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)90-93
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Invertebrate Pathology
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - May 2011
Externally publishedYes



  • Antler moth
  • Bacteria
  • Baculovirus
  • Cerapteryx graminis
  • Spiroplasma spp.

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