Aetholix flavibasalis (Guenée, 1854)
Leaf Roller
(previously known as Aediodes flavibasalis)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are a pest on :

  • Mangosteen ( Garcinia mangostana, CLUSIACEAE ), and
  • Pitanga ( Eugenia species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species are brown, with an irregular pale band each forewing, a broad white band across each hindwing, and a cream and orange thorax and basal area to each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Aetholix flavibasalis
    drawing by George F. Hampson, listed as Aetholix cingalesa
    ,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part IX (1893), Plate CLXXIV, fig. 18,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including:

  • India,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • .


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in: J.-A. Boisduval & A. Guenée (eds) : Histoire Naturelle des Insectes,
    Paris : Librarie Encyclopédique de Roret, Vol. 8 (1854), p. 193, No. 131.

    George Francis Hampson,
    The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
    Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
    Part 9 (1893), p. 173, and also Plate 174, fig. 18.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 29.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 31.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 134.


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    (updated 4 November 2010, 2 April 2015)