(one synonym : Botys celsalis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species have been found overseas feeding on the foliage of plants in the family OLEACEAE , including :
on which it is a pest.
The adult moth is white with a yellow costa and pale yellow patches outlined in black on the forewings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The eggs are laid on young shoots.
Control of the pest is possible using various insecticides.
The species is found over south-east Asia, including:
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Volume 3, Part 2 (1794), p. 212, No. 307.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 45.
(updated 31 January 2013)