Tobacco Stem Borer, Eggplant Budworm
(one synonym: Gelechia heliopa Lower, 1900)
GELECHIINAE, GELECHIIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are a pest, as they bore into the buds and stems, and damage crops in SOLANACEAE such as
The adult moths have pale brown forewings and white hindwings, the latter having a wide fringe of hairs along the hind margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found across Africa and Asia, including
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 25.12, p. 260.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 29 (1864), p. 636.
(updated 17 March 2004, 15 January 2013, 3 September 2021)