(one synonym is Chilo parramattellus Meyrick, 1879)
CRAMBINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian F. Smith)
The Caterpillar of this species is pale brown with dark jaws. It bores into a leaf or stem of its foodplant:
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth has pale brown forewings each with a variable dark spot near the middle, and a submarginal series of dark spots forming an asymmetric chevron. The hindwings are off-white with dark edges. The sexes are similar to each other, except the females are paler, and the male is usually larger. In its natural posture, the moths wraps its wings around its body, belying its extensive wing area. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found all over the world, including
and also Australia in
Further reading :
Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B, etc.,
Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
Volume 8 (1824), Plate 68, figs. 452-453.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera I Crambites,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 3, Part 3 (1879), p. 178.
(updated 6 June 2011, 3 May 2018, 30 August 2019, 29 December 2020)