(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 in 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 dark spot near the middle, and a dark broken asymmetric submarginal chevron. The hindwings are off-white with dark edges. The sexes are similar to each other, except the females are are said to be paler and larger, although Meyrick described them the other way around. 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)