(previously known as Cataclysta repetitalis)
ACENTROPINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
This Caterpillar has gills, and feeds underwater on various aquatic plants, including:
The adult moth is orange, with brown and buff markings. The hindwings have a marginal arc of black spots. The wingspan is up to 3 cms.
The species has been found in :
The species has been suggested as a control agent in USA for Esthwaite Waterweed, which is pest in waterways there.
Further reading :
The Night of the Crambidae,
Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club,
Newslettter, Issue 49 (June 2008), pp. 26-29.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 26.
New Genera and Species of Pyralidae, Thyrididae, and Epiplemidae,
Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
6th Series, Part 17 (1896), pp. 205-206.
(updated 7 September 2010)