Diastema tigris Guenée, 1852
(one synonym : Nipista lineata Walker, [1858])
ACONTIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   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 species is one of a number used for the biological control of Lantana. It occurs naturally in

  • America
    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.

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    (updated 20 July 2010)