Scirpophaga praelata (Scopoli, 1764)
(one synonym : Tinea phantasmatella Hübner, 1796)
SCHOENOBIINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Jacob Hübner, listed as Tinea phantasmatella,
Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B, Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
Volume 8 (1796), Plate 8, fig. 56,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on plant species in the genera

  • Deergrass ( Scirpus, CYPERACEAE ), and
  • Rush ( Juncus, JUNCACEAE ).

    The caterpillars bore into the stems. They pupate in their bore-holes.


    drawing by Ioannis Antonii Scopoli, Ordo III, Lepidoptera, Phalaena,
    Entomologia Carniolica Exhibens Insecta Carnioliae Indigena, 1763, Fig. 494,
    image courtesy of North Carolina State University Libraries.

    The adult moths are off-white. The abdomen has a large tuft on the tail. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found across Europe, Africa, and Asia, including

  • Italy,
  • Japan,
  • Mozambique,
  • Poland,

    and also occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Jacob Hübner,
    Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B,
    Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Volume 8 (1796), p. 23, and also Plate 8, fig. 56.

    Angoon Lewvanich,
    A Revision of the Old World Species of Scirophaga (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae),
    Bulletin of the British Museum (Natural History),
    Volume 42 (1982), p. 192.

    Ioannis Antonii Scopoli,
    Ordo III, Lepidoptera, Phalaena,
    Entomologia Carniolica Exhibens Insecta Carnioliae Indigena,
    1763, p. 198, No. 494, and also Fig. 494.


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    (written 13 December 2015)