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

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

Simplicia caeneusalis

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.

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

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

Simplicia caeneusalis close up of head showing up-curved labial palps
(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

This species has been reported in countries across Asia and the Pacific, including:

  • Cook Islands,
  • Hawaii,
  • Hong Kong (listed as Simplicia cornicalis),
  • India (listed as Simplicia cornicalis),
  • Thailand (listed as Simplicia cornicalis),

    and in eastern Australia in:

  • Queensland (listed as Simplicia cornicalis),
  • Norfolk Island, and
  • New South Wales.


    Norfolk Island, 1976.

    The species has been frequently confused with Nodaria cornicalis.


    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, 9 April 2021)