(one synonym : Spilomena caberalis Guenée, 1854)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The caterpillar is sometimes a pest in India, particularly on :
The caterpillar lives in a shelter created by a curled leaf held in shape with silk. It feeds on the leaf from inside its shelter.
It pupates inside its leafy shelter.
The adult moth is white or pale yellow with a number of brown spots around the edges of the wings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The eggs are usually laid on the young shoots of a foodplant.
The species is found across south-east Asia, including :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
Volume 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 215-216, No. 322.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 47.
(updated 19 July 2010)