Herculia nigrivitta (Walker, 1863)
(formerly known as Cisse nigrivitta)
PYRALINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Herculia nigrivitta
drawing by Pieter C. T. Snellen, listed as Asopia fuscicostalis
,
Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes Gevonden, Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 23 (1880), Plate 6, fig. 4,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The caterpillars of this species are a pest, feeding on dry plant stems used in Thatch Roofs.

The wings of the adult of this species are brown, with variable shading and pattern, often with a vague pale submarginal arc on each wing. The female moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The males have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

The species is fairly widespread in south-east Asia, including

  • Indonesia,

    and Australia in

  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes Gevonden,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 23 (1880), p. 199, and also Plate 6, fig. 4.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 125.


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    (written 22 March 2015)