Pyroderces falcatella (Stainton, 1859)
Cornworm
(also known as Anatrachyntis falcatella)
COSMOPTERIGINAE ,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Christian Mille, Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien, New-Caledonia)

This Caterpillar is omnivorous, and has been found feeding on plants such as

  • fruit of Hibiscus ( Hibiscus rosa-sinensis, MALVACEAE ), and
  • rotten fruit of Pomegranate ( Punica granatum, LYTHRACEAE ),
    and animals such as
  • Lac Insect Larvae ( Paratachardina lobata, KERRIIDAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Christian Mille, Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien, New-Caledonia)

    The adult moths are brown, with a some dark-edged white lines on the forewings, and plain hindwings. The inner margins of each wing are fringed with long hairs.

    The species is found across south-east Asia to the south Pacific, including

  • India, and
  • New Caledonia,
    and also including Australia in
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    P.I. Forster,
    Hibiscus sp. (Malvaceae), a new host for Pectinophora endema Common (Lepidopter: Gelechiidae) and Pyroderces falcatella (Stainton) (Lepidoptera: Cosmoterigidae) and their effects on predispersed seed, Australian Entomological Magazine, Volume 18 (1991), p. 125.

    C. S. Misra,
    Anatrachyntis falcatella, stt. (Pyroderces spodochtha, Meyr.),
    Proceedings of the Fourth Entomological Meeting, Pusa, 1921, pp. 249-252.


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    (written 1 February 2003, updated 27 July 2013)