(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 submarginal dark band, and marginal fringes. Each forewing also has a dark spot near the middle. The moth has a wingspan up to 2 cms.
The species is found over much of the tropics, including:
as well as in Australia:
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)