(formerly known as Epipaschia lithochlora)
EPIPASCHIINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph, listed as Enchesphora lithochlora)
The Caterpillar of this species feeds on:
The caterpillars live in tough silk tubes in a communal web of leaves joined by silk.
The adult moth has a pattern of various shades greyish brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species is being studied by a cooperative of a number of US and Australian bodies, including the Agricultural Research Service in USA, as a possible control agent for Blake Paperbark, which has become a pest outside Australia, particularly in Florida.
The species is found endemically in
Some taxonomists consider that the genus Enchesphora is a senior synonym of Poliopaschia, and so list the moth as Enchesphora lithochlora.
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Heterocera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 20 (1896), pp. 154-155.
(updated 12 February 2010, 14 September 2015, 25 August 2019)