(one synonym: Zophodia bollii Zeller, 1872)
PHYCITINI, PHYCITINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Randy Newman)
The Caterpillars of this species are off-white with a black collar behind the head, and pairs of black spots the abdominal segments. The caterpillars feed on
The moths are fawn with dark zigzag lines on each forewing. The hindwings are white shading darker at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are laid on top of each other in a tall curving pile, and covered in hair, and resemble a hairy cactus spine.
The species is native to
The species was introduced into Australia to help control the spread of Prickly Pear.
Further reading :
Augustus Radcliffe Grote,
New Pyralides II,
The Canadian Entomologist,
Volume 8 (1876), p. 158.
(written 15 October 2001, updated 9 March 2017)