Pyrausta panopealis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Myriostephes heliamma Meyrick, 1885)
Perilla Leaf Moth
PYRAUSTINI   ,     PYRAUSTINAE   ,     CRAMBIDAE

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Pyrausta panopealis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda)

The caterpillars of this species have been reported feeding on:

  • Fruity Mint ( Dicerandra frutescens ),
  • Knobweed ( Hyptis capitata ), and
  • Shiso ( Perilla frutescens )

    all of LAMIACEAE.

    Pyrausta panopealis
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville)

    The adult is deep yellow, with ragged red-brown lines across the wings. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The pheromones of this species have been determined.

    The species occurs in:

  • China,
  • Costa Rica,
  • Japan,
  • Korea,
  • l'île de La Réunion,
  • Mexico,
  • USA,
    as well as in Australia in
  • Queensland, and
  • Western Australia.

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    (updated 5 February 2010)