Pleuroptya balteata (Fabricius, 1798)
(one synonym : Botys crocealis Duponchel, 1831)
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
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Stella Crossley

Pleuroptya balteata
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The caterpillars of this species have been reported to attack:

  • Cashew Nuts ( Anacardium occidentale, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Konara Oak ( Quercus serrata, FAGACEAE ), and
  • Chestnuts ( Castanea species, FAGACEAE ) .

    Pleuroptya balteata
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths are pale brown with several faint dark zigzag lines across each wing. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Pleuroptya balteata
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species occurs as several subspecies across Africa and Asia, including:

  • Japan,
  • Korea,
  • La Réunion,
  • Madagascar,
  • Taiwan,
  • Thailand,
  • Turkey, and
  • Ukraine,

    as well as occuring in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Supplementum Entomologia Systematica ,
    1798, p. 457, No. 300.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 45.


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    (updated 28 December 2009, 31 January 2013)