Cataclysta camptozonale (Hampson, 1897)
(previously known as Oligostigma camptozonale)
ACENTROPINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of USDA-ARS/CSIRO Australian Biological Control Lab, Indooroopilly, Queensland)

This Caterpillar feeds on various ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ) from the family SCHIZAEACEAE, including :

  • Climbimg Maidenhair ( Lygodium microphyllum ),
  • Japanese Climbing Fern ( Lygodium japonicum, and
  • Hartford Fern ( Lygodium palmatum ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have pale wings, with brown curved lines across them, and with narrow yellow margins containing black dots. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Indonesia,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    The species is being considered for the control of Lygodium microphyllum which has become a pest in Florida, USA.


    Further reading :

    George F. Hampson,
    On the classification of two sub-families of moths of the family Pyralidae: the Hydrocampinae and Scopariinae,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    Volume 2 (1897) pp. 169-170, No. 28.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 26.


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    (updated 12 May 2013, 26 April 2015)