Cabbage Centre Grub
(one synonym : Scopula criasusalis Walker, 1859)
GLAPHYRIINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Michael Keller, School of Agriculture and Wine,
University of Adelaide, South Australia)
These Caterpillars are smooth, brown and stripy, with a dark head. They are an agricultural pest, feeding on the growing tips and flowers of many crops in BRASSICACEAE, including:
The adult moth is brown with two irregular darker stripes across each forewing. The hindwings are plain fawn. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found occasionally in
but commonly occurs throughout Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig, 33.15, pp. 66, 354.
Deltoides & Pyralides,
in Boisduval & Guenée:
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 8, Part 5, Section 1 (1852), p. 416, No. 539, and also Plate 10, fig. 7.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 85.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 28.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 29.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 133.
(updated 22 January 2013, 15 November 2017, 20 December 2020)