Striped Rice Borer
(one synonym : Jartheza simplex Butler, 1880)
CRAMBINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Probodelt, Tarragona, Spain)
These Caterpillars are pests. The caterpillars bore into the stems of various plants in POACEAE, uncluding:
The caterpillars are pale yellow, with five dim longitudinal lines. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2.5 cms.
They pupate in their borehole, in a stem of their food plant.
The forewings of the adult moths vary in colour from white to pale brown, each with one or more dark spots. The hindwings are white. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms. The female moths are somewhat larger than the males.
Eggs are pale yellow, and laid in overlapping rows of about 100.
The species occurs around the world, including :
Control of the pest is being attempted using :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 66, 351.
Crambites & Tortricites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 27 (1863), p. 166, No. 108.
(updated 9 March 2011, 16 December 2017)