(one synonym : Oligostigma pallida Butler, 1886)
ACENTROPINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species is off-white with a pale brown head. It has stiff hairs along the body and two long hairs at the tail. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the leaves of aquatic plants in the genus:
The wings of the adult have a striking pattern of brown and white. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The eggs are yellow and laid in masses on water plant leaves on the surface of the water.
The species originally occured in south-east Asia, including
and also in Australia in
but has since been found in:
The species has been suggested as a control agent in USA for Esthwaite Waterweed, which is pest in waterways there, but its depradations are too variable.
Further reading :
D.H. Habeck and J.K. Balciunas,
Larvae of Nymphulinae (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae) associated with Hydrilla verticillata (Hydrocharitaceae) in North Queensland,
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 44, issue 4 (2005 November).
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 26.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes gevonden,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 23 (1880), pp. 242-243, No. 51.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 136.
(updated 24 May 2008)