(previously : Asopia mauritialis)
PYRALINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
drawing by Harold Maxwell-Lefroy,
Indian Insect Life: a Manual of the Insects of the Plains, 1909, Plate LII, Fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by NCSU Libraries.
This caterpillar has been found feeding on the food and larvae in the nests of various wasps in the family VESPIDAE, including
The adult moth is red or dark brown. The wings each have a yellow margin, and there is also two sometimes vague yellow lines across each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms. Its natural posture has the wings open but pushed downward, and the abdomen curled up.
The species has been found in Africa and Asia, including
and in Australia in
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Faune Entomologique de Madagascar, Bourbon et Maurice. LÚpidoptÚres,
Paris : Jules Didot L'aine (1833), p. 119.
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 31.20, p. 349.
Stephen John Martin,
Occurrence of the Pyralid Moth Hypsopygia mauritialis (Lepidoptera, Pyralidae) in the nests of Vespa affinis (Hymenoptera: Vespidae),
Japanese Journal of Entomology,
Volume 60 (1992), pp. 267-270.
(created 25 October 2012, updated 20 March 2017, 7 January 2021)