Mango Shoot Borer
(previously known as Bombotelia jocosatrix)
EUTELIINAE, EUTELIIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is a translucent mauve, with greenish sides and tail, and is covered sparsely in dark red dots. It has a light brown head. It is an agricultural pest, feeding on the young shoots of
The Caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth has dark brown forewings with some thin white arcs. The margin of each of the forewings appears to have an arc cut out of the tornus. Sometimes the wings are very dark. The hindwings are white with a central black spot and a broad dark border. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The moth has an unusual resting posture, with a crest of scales raised over the head, the abdomen curled up over the body, and the wings creased in waves.
The species is found from southeast Asia to the Pacific, including :
also including, in Australia:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 47.15, p. 456.
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 6 (1852), p. 304, No. 1111.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 158.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 194.
(updated 25 June 2011, 6 March 2018)