Diastema tigris Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Nipista lineata Walker, [1858])
ACONTIINAE,   EREBIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Diastema tigris
(Photo: courtesy of James K. Adams, Dept. of Natural Science,
Dalton State College, Dalton, Georgia, USA)

These Caterpillars feed on :

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENACEAE ).

    The adult moths species are grey with various darker markings on each forewing, including a prominent dark square outlined in white near the centre. The hindwings are a uniform grey colour. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species is one of a number used for the biological control of Lantana. It occurs naturally in the Americas, inncluding

  • Colombia,
  • Costa Rica,
  • USA,
  • Venezuela,

    and has been introduced deliberately into a number of countries, including :

  • Fiji,
  • Pohnpei,

    as well as

  • Australia from Panama in 1965.

    The success of this species in controlling Lantana in these instances has not yet been established.


    Further reading:

    Achille Guenée,
    Noctuélites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée:
    Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 317, No. 1127.

    Francis Walker,
    Noctuidae,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 12 (1857), p. 800, No. 1.


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    (updated 20 July 2010, 20 September 2017)