Carmenta mimosa Eichlin & Passoa, 1983
SESIINAE ,   SESIIDAE ,   SESIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Northern Territory Department of Land Resource Management)

This Caterpillar feeds on:

  • Catclaw ( Mimosa pigra, MIMOSACEAE ).

    It bores into the stems of of this plant in order to feed. The plant is a pest weed in many equatorial countries.


    (Photo: courtesy of Quentin Paynter and Grant Flanagan)

    The adult moths look remarkably like wasps, but have a wider connection between the thorax and abdomen. The moths have transparent wings each with abroad black margin. The bodies are black, with a pair of dorsolateral white stripes on the thorax and three transverse white bands on the abdomen. The pheromones of this species have been identified.

    The species is endemic to Central America, including

  • Mexico,

    and was introduced to control outbreaks of Mimosa pigra into

  • Indonesia (1998),
  • Malaysia (1992),
  • Thailand (1989),
  • Vietnam (1996),

    and into Australia (1989) where it now occurs in

  • Northern Territory.


    Further reading :

    Thomas D. Eichlin & Steven Clifford Passoa,
    A new clearwing moth (Sesiidae), from central America: a stem borer in Mimosa pigra,
    Journal of the Lepidopterists Society,
    Volume 37, Part 3 (1983), pp 193-206.


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    (updated 15 March 2002, 20 January 2014)