(previously known as Acigona infusella)
CRAMBINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)
This species has been introduced deliberately into Australia from South America. The Caterpillars of this moth feed on :
which are serious problems on tropical waterways.
The adult moths have brown forewings with a faint pattern. The hind wings are white with a faint brown edge, and a silken sheen. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species now occurs in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 72.
Biological control of water hyacinth ...water hyacinth 2 : the moths Niphograpta albiguttalis and Xubida infusellus : biologies, host ranges, and rearing, releasing and monitoring techniques for biological control of Eichhornia crassipes,
The Australian Centre for International Agricultural Research, 2001.
Crambites & Tortricites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 27 (1863), pp. 140-141.
(updated 7 September 2009)