(one synonym : Botys venosalis Walker, 1866)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley
drawing by Harold Maxwell-Lefroy,
Indian Insect Life: a Manual of the Insects of the Plains, 1909, Plate LI, fig. 3,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by NCSU Libraries.
This Caterpillar is green with black spots and sparse short hairs. The head is small and brown and wedge shaped. The caterpillar is a worldwide pest. It attacks
and has been recorded on other plants including
both in PLANTAGINACEAE.
These caterpillars make shelter by rolling up young leaves and webbing them together with silk. They feed inside their shelter.
The caterpillars pupate in a sparse silk cocoon in the soil.
The adult moth is brown with darker veins in the wings separating many narrow transparent windows. The forewings each have two or three dark reddish splotches. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species occurs in across the world, including:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 355.
Philogène Auguste Joseph Duponchel,
Tribe VI Pyralites,
in J.B. Godart & P.A.J. Duponchel:
Histoire naturelle des Lépidoptères ou Papillons de France,
Volume 8, Part 2 (1831), p. 330, and Plate 232, fig. 8.
(updated 3 January 2013, 24 March 2016, 5 December 2020)