Scirpophaga percna Common, 1960
SCHOENOBIINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species bore into the stems of plants in POACEAE, and are a minor pest on

  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum species ).

    The adult moths are off-white, with brown lines along the costa and inner margin of each of the forewings. The thorax loses scales easily, becoming black. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian Common,
    A revision of the Australian stem borers hitherto referred to Schoenobius and Scirpophaga (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae, Schoenobiinae),
    Australian Journal of Zoology,
    Volume 8, Part 2 (1960), p.325, Plate 1, fig. 11.


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    (written 22 January 2013)