(one synonym : Syngamia octavialis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are known to feed on
The adult moth has wings that are brown with a purple sheen, and have a cream and yellow pattern near the base. The wing margins are chequered, and the forewing tips are recurved. The abdomen has cream and yellow banding, and a brown tip. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species occurs across south-east Asia and the Pacific, including
as well as in Australia in
The species was introduced to
Further reading :
George F. Hampson,
Lepidoptera Heterocera of the Nilgiri District,
Illustrations of Typical Specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the British Museum,
Volume 8 (1891), p. 137, and also Plate 155, fig. 13
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 32.
(updated 20 November 2007)