Parapoynx stagnalis (Zeller, 1852)
Rice Caseworm
(one synonym : Hydrocampa depunctalis Guenée, 1854)
NYMPHULINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda)

This Caterpillar is an international pest on:

  • Rice ( Oryza sativa, POACEAE ).

    The Caterpillar lives in a case made from a rolled-up rice leaf.


    (Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)

    The adult moths have semi-transparent wings, with faint brown zig-zag lines across them. Each fore wing has 2 black comma-shaped marks. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in south-east Asia, including:

  • Andaman Islands,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Philippines,
  • Thailand,

    and in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    The Night of the Crambidae,
    Butterfly and Other Invertebrates Club Newslettter, Issue 49 (June 2008), pp. 26-29.


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    (updated 5 February 2010)