Pycnarmon cribrata (Fabricius, 1794)
(one synonym : Spilomena caberalis Guenée, 1854)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
  Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Pycnarmon cribrata
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The caterpillar is sometimes a pest in India, particularly on :

  • Princess Tree ( Paulownia tomentosa, SCROPHULARIACEAE ), and
  • Makandi ( Coleus forskohlii LAMIACEAE ).

    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 :

  • India,
  • Japan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Entomologia Systematica Emendata et Aucta,
    Volume 3, Part 2 (1793), p. 215-216, No. 322.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 47.


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    (updated 19 July 2010)