(one synonym : Alata consociella Walker, 1866)
PHYCITINI , PHYCITINAE , PYRALIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the South Australian Research and Development Institute)
The Caterpillars of this species are green with pink markings and a mottled brown head. They are an agricultural pest, feeding inside the developing seedpods of various members of the family FABACEAE, including:
The adult is brown or grey, each forewing having two orange bands at the base separated by a band of dark spots, and also a white line edged with orange along the costa. The hindwings have a satin sheen, and are pale brown with darker veins and margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm.
It is found over much of south-east Asia including :
and all of Australia, in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.4, pp. 57, 66, 350.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 134.
Philipp C. Zeller,
Isis von Oken,
Volume 11 (1848), p. 883, No. 2.
(updated 8 September 2011, 24 February 2017)