Australian Jasmine Moth
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
This Caterpillar is green, shading blueish toward the head and the tail. When disturbed, it is inclined to wriggle violently, or drop on a thread. This species is an international pest, feeding on
The caterpillar starts life as an egg which is white and shaped as a flattened sphere. The caterpillars are initially yellow, later becoming green. They grow to a length of about 2 cms.
The adult has shiny white translucent wings. The forewings each have a brown leading edge, and two black spots in the middle. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species has been found in Australia, specimens have been taken in
The species Palpita vitrealis Rossi 1794, (synonym : Palpita unionalis Hübner 1796) is only found to the west of Burma. It differs in the genitalia from Palpita austrounionalis although it is superficially similar.
Further reading :
Revision of the genus Palpita Hübner (Crambidae, Pyraustinae) from the eastern Palaearctic, Oriental and Australian regions,
Volume 15, Part 2: Group B (1997), p. 143, fig. 187.
(updated 31 January 2013, 4 November 2020)