Simplicia caeneusalis (Walker, [1859])
(formerly known as Sophronia caenusalis)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves, and is a pest in the tropics in roofs consisting of dried palm leaves.

The adult moth has a wing span of about 3 cms. It is brown with a straight pale line across the margin of each forewing, and a curved white line along the margin of each hindwing.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The moths have long labial palps which are held curved up over the head.


(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

This species is found in countries across Asia and the Pacific, including:

  • Fiji,
  • Hawaii,
  • India,
  • Society Island,
  • Thailand,

    and in eastern Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • Norfolk Island, and
  • New South Wales.

    The species has been introduced into

  • south-east U.S.A.


    Norfolk Island
    , 1976.


    Further reading;

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 16 (1858), p. 94.


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    (updated 7 April 2011, 30 May 2014)