(formerly known as Sophronia caenusalis)
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.
The moths have long labial palps which are held curved up over the head.
This species is found in countries across Asia and the Pacific, including:
and in eastern Australia in:
The species has been introduced into
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 16 (1858), p. 94.
(updated 7 April 2011, 30 May 2014)