(one synonym: Ennychia melissalis Walker, 1859)
ODONTIINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Kai Berggren and the Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
These caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in FABACEAE, including
The adult moths have black wings, each with two off-white marks. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
This species has been found across the northern hemisphere, including
and in the 18th or early 19th century was accidentally introduced into
Further reading :
Johann Nepomuk Cosmas Michael Denis, & Ignaz Schiffermüller,
Ankündung eines systematischen Werkes von den Schmetterlingen der Wienergegend,
B: Pyralides brevipalpes,
Vienna : Augustin Bernardi (1775), p. 124, No. 44.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 18 (1859), p. 331, No. 11.
(written 7 March 2019)