(also known as Synansphecia doryliformis)
SESIINAE, SESIIDAE, SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the South Australian Research and Development Institute)
This species has been introduced deliberately from Morocco via France into Australia from 1989 onwards to control the pasture weeds in POLYGONACEAE, particularly:
In one case, batches of eggs were given to farmers for their own properties, 31 million eggs being distributed in total.
The Caterpillar is off-white with a brown head, and bores into the stems and roots of its foodplant to feed.
The adult moth looks rather like a wasp, having transparent wings with broad black margins. The abdomen has three narrow white bands, and the legs and some hairs on the abdominal tip are a golden yellow.
The species was originally endemic to south-western Europe and north-western Africa, including
It is now also found in Australia in
Further reading :
Die Schmetterlinge von Europa,
Liepzig : Fleisher, Volume 2 (1808), p. 141, No. 9.
(updated 7 September 2009, 20 January 2014)