Doloessa viridis Zeller, 1848
(one synonym : Thagora figurana Walker, 1863)
GALLERIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Doloessa viridis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are sometimes a pest on:

  • African Mahogany ( Khaya ivorensis, MELIACEAE ),

    and have also been found on:

  • Indonesian Mahogany ( Aglaia wallichii, MELIACEAE ), and
  • Coconut ( Cocos nucifera, ARECACEAE ),

    and in seeds such as

  • Shorea,
  • Rice,
  • Sorghum, and
  • Maize.

    The moth has green wings with rows of blue-outlined spots on each forewing. The hindwings are white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found across south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including :

  • Hong Kong,
  • Indonesia,
  • Malaysia,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 188.

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Exotische Phyciden,
    Isis von Oken,
    Volume 41, Part 11 (1848), pp. 860-861.


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    (updated 5 February 2010)