(previously known as Rhisina puncticostalis)
ENDOTRICHINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Peter T. Bailey, from Pests of Field Crops and Pastures: Identification and Control)
These caterpillars are initially cream or pale pink or green with a dark head. As they mature they acquire four dark warts on each segment and vague dark stripes, and become darker and darker. They live in a web among the detritus at the base of a foodplant. They are minor agricultural pests, feeding on
The adult moths of this species are brown, with various dark and pale bands across each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in
Peter T. Bailey,
Pests of Field Crops and Pastures: Identification and Control,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, pp. 172, 223, 227-229, 246.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Pyralides,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 34 (1866), pp. 1324-1325.
(updated 5 July 2012, 3 November 2017, 3 January 2021)