Cotton Leaf Roller
(one synonym : Zebronia salomealis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of David Mohn,, Chinese Christian Seminary, Hong Kong)
This Caterpillar is green with a dark brown head in its early instars, but becomes dark pink just before pupation. It lives in a rolled leaf of its food plant which can be a number of species in MALVACEAE, including:
and grows to a length of about 1.5 cms.
It pupates in its rolled leaf shelter. In Sydney in summer, the pupation stage lasts about two weeks.
The adult is pale brown, with complex dark brown sinuous lines over each wing. In its resting position, it holds its antennae swept back over the forewings. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found in
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
Systema Entomologiae (1775), p. 641, No. 109.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 40.
(updated 21 October 2011, 27 January 2013)