Paliga damastesalis (Walker, 1859)
Teak Skeletoniser
(previously known as Scopula damastesalis
PYRAUSTINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Paliga damastesalis
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this species skeletonise the leaves, leaving the veins, of

  • Teak ( Tectona grandis, LAMIACEAE )

    The adult moth is yellow or pale brown, with some faint rusty-brown zigzag markings on the forewings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species is found in:

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Malaysia,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Thailand,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 19 (1859), pp. 1013-1014.


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    (written 15 April 2019)