(one synonym is 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. The caterpillars are an agricultural pest, feeding inside the developing seedpods of various members of the family FABACEAE, including:
The caterpillar pupates in a cocoon under the soil.
The adult is brown or grey, each forewing having a transverse orange band near the base 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.
The eggs are off-white and oval, laid in small clusters on a foodplant.
The species is found over much of south-east Asia including :
and all of Australia, in:
The moths of this species can be distinguished from those of the similar Etiella chrysoporella by, among other things, the greyish area of the hind margin near the forewing tornus.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.4, pp. 57, 66, 350.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 80.
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, 30 April 2017, 7 June 2019, 3 February 2021)