(previously known as Oligostigma camptozonale)
MUSOTIMINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of USDA-ARS/CSIRO Australian Biological Control Lab, Indooroopilly, Queensland)
This Caterpillar feeds on various ferns ( POLYPODIOPHYTA ) from the family SCHIZAEACEAE, including :
The adult moths have pale wings, with brown sinuous lines across them, and with narrow yellowish margins. The hindwing margins are ringed with black dots. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found in
as well as in Australia in
The species is being considered for the control of Lygodium microphyllum which has become a pest in Florida, USA.
Further reading :
George F. Hampson,
On the classification of two sub-families of moths of the family Pyralidae: the Hydrocampinae and Scopariinae,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Volume 2 (1897) pp. 169-170, No. 28.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 26.
(updated 12 May 2013, 26 April 2015, 9 June 2019)