(one synonym : Nipista lineata Walker, )
ACONTIINAE, EREBIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Daniel H. Janzen and the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
These Caterpillars feed on :
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
and has been introduced deliberately into a number of countries, including :
as well as
The success of this species in controlling Lantana in these instances has not yet been established.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 317, No. 1127.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 12 (1857), p. 800, No. 1.
(updated 20 July 2010, 20 September 2017)