(one synonym : Asopia domesticalis Zeller, 1847)
PYRALINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Amy Prendergast, Perth, Western Australia)
The caterpillars of this moth are a cosmopolitan pest on stored grain. They are cream coloured with a brown head, and grow to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moths have brown wings with arcs of white lines. On the forewings, these separate darker patches at the tip and base. The eyes have a green sheen. The moth typically rests with the tip of its abdomen turned up. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The Pheromones for this species have been determined.
The species is found all over the world, including:
and all of mainland Australia including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 31.19, pp. 68, 349.
Edition 10, Volume 1 (1760), Class 5, Part 3, p. 533, No. 226.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 53.
(updated 8 January 2013, 17 September 2013)