(previously known as Scopula massalis)
PYRAUSTINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
These caterpillars can be agricultural pests, attacking grain such as:
The caterpillars are off-white, either greenish or reddish, and have three dark red lines along the body. By day they rest in a web in the soil by a foodplant, emerging to feed on the plant at night.
The adult moth has light to dark brown forewings, each with a dark submarginal band, and dark marginal fringes. Each forewing also has an elongated dark spot near the middle. The moth has a wingspan up to 2 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 18 (1859), p. 792, No. 43.
(updated 19 March 2012, 10 November 2019, 17 December 2020)