Lima Bean Pod Borer
(one synonym : Mella dymnusalis Walker, 1859)
PHYCITINI , PHYCITINAE , PYRALIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Department of Agriculture, Andhra Pradesh)
This Caterpillar is a cosmopolitan pest on various beans ( FABACEAE ) such as:
as well as
It feeds on the seeds inside the pod. The Caterpillar is off-white with a dark head.
The adult moth has brown forewings with a pale yellow line along the costa and a transverse orange band. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms
Its pheromones have been elucidated.
Although found around the world, for example in:
and in Australia including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 350.
Georg Friedreich Treitschke,
Die Schmetterlinge von Europa,
in Ferdinand Ochsenheimer: Die schmetterlinge von Europa,
Volume 9, Part 1 (1832), p. 201, No. 45.
(updated 1 September 2012)