Chlumetia transversa (Walker, 1863)
Shoot Borer
(one synonym : Ariola corticea Snellen, 1880)
EUTELIINAE ,   NOCTUIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Kosol Charernsom, National Biological Research Centre, Kasetsart Univerity, Thailand)

The Caterpillars of this species are pale brown with a black head. They bore into the stems of new shoots and are a pest on :

  • Mango ( Mangifera indica, ANACARDIACEAE ), and
  • Lychee ( Litchi chinensis, SAPINDACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth is brown with shaded bands across the forewings, and a pale patch near the tip of each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • Borneo,
  • China,
  • India,
  • New Guinea,
  • Philippines

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 114, No. 1.


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    (updated 8 August 2012)