Herpetogramma cynaralis (Walker, 1859)
(previously known as Botys cynaralis)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Burrill Lake, New South Wales)

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Snake Vine ( Stephania japonica, MENISPERMACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live in a curled leaf secured with silk.

    They pupate in hteir curled leaf shelter.

    The adult moth is yellow with dark broken zigzag lines across each wing. There is a dark spot on the costa of each wing, and two on both the first and third abdominal segments. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species has been found across south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Korea,
  • Sri Lanka,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 18 (1859), p. 672, No. 221.


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    (written 3 April 2013)