Stored Nut Moth
(one synonym : Paralipsa modesta Butler, 1879)
GALLERIINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this moth are pale brown with a dark brown head. The caterpillars are a world-wide pest on stored nuts.
The adult moths of this species are dimorphic. The females have grey or brown forewings with a large dark spot. The males are similar but have a smaller spot, and they also have a zig-zag black-edged orange mark near each forewing hind margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found across the world, including :
The species has been introduced into Australia by accident, and now occurs in
Further reading :
Philipp C. Zeller,
Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae,
Volume 13 (1877), pp. 74-76.
(updated 18 October 2003, 9 March 2017)