(one synonym : Sphinx ophioniformis Hübner, )
SESIINAE , SESIIDAE , SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Alain Fraval, INRA-DPEnv., France)
This Caterpillar originated in Europe, and was unfortunately introduced into Australia by accident. It is a cosmopolitan pest, attacking of members of the plant family SAXIFRAGACEAE, particularly :
It bores into the stems to feed, and in so doing damages the plant. The caterpillar is a dirty white colour with a brown head. It grows to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. It has clear wings, and a black body with narrow yellow intersegmental bands on the abdomen. The pheromones of this species have been identified.
The species is now found in
as well as Australia, including:
Control of this pest is possible using :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 7.7, pp. 68, 288, 290.
Carl Alexander Clerck,
Icones Insect Rariorum,
Volume 1 (1759), p. 9.
The biology and behaviour of currant borer moth, Synanthedon tipuliformis (Clerck) (Lepidoptera: Aegeriidae) in Tasmania,
Journal of the Australian Entomological Society,
Volume 21, Part2 (1982), pp. 103–109.
(updated 1 March 2009, 20 January 2014)