(one synonym : Eretria obsistalis Snellen, 1880)
SPILOMELINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Sydney, Australia)
These Caterpillars are an agricultural pest on various members of the family SOLANACEAE, tunneling into the stems and fruit of:
We found one boring into the stems of
It was bright pink, and grew to a length of about 2 cms.
It pupated in the tunnel it had bored in its food plant.
The adult is off-white, with brown tips to the fore wings, and a pattern of pale brown blotches.
The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms. It has a characteristic posture when resting, curling its abdomen over its head.
The species is found in :
and over the whole of Australia, including:
Attempts to control the pest include using:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9.16, pp. 66, 358.
with Adam White :
List of the annulose animals hitherto recorded as found in New Zealand with descriptions of some new species,
in: Ernest Dieffenbach,
Travels in New Zealand,
John Murray, London 1843, Volume 2, p. 288, No. 128.
A Night at Ray's,
Issue 57 (June 2010), pp. 30-32,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 48.
(updated 2 February 2013)