(previously known as Sesia mysiniformis)
SESIINAE, SESIIDAE, SESIOIDEA
This Caterpillar was introduced into Australia deliberately, starting in 1997, to various states in order to control:
The caterpillars also have been found feeding on other plants in LAMIACEAE including:
The adult moth is mainly dark brown, except for some yellow marks on the body, some white rings on the abdomen, and having clear areas on the wings.
The species occurs southern Europe and northern Africa, including
and now occurs in Australia in
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Genera et Index Methodicus Europaeorum Lepidopterorum,
Volume 1 (1840), p. 42, No. 327.
Jules Pierre Rambur,
Faune Entomologique de l’Andalousie,
Volume 2 (1840), p. 151.
(updated 4 September 2009, 20 January 2014)