Nausinoe geometralis (Guenée, 1854)
(previously known as Lepyrodes geometralis)
Leaf Worm
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


drawing by Achille Guenée, listed as Lepyrodes pueritia,
,
Deltoïdes et Pyralites, Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), Plate VIII, No. 6,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

These Caterpillars are pale green with several black warts on each segment, and with a dark brown head. They live communally in a nest of webbed leaves on their foodplant. They are an agricultural pest, attacking for example:

  • Jasmine ( Jasminum species, OLEACEAE ), and
  • Aubergine ( Solanum melongena, SOLANACEAE ).

    The adult moth is brown with half a dozen white spots of various shapes on each wing, and also with one vague dark mark on each forewing, and two on each hindwing. The abdomen is brown with intersegmental rings of long white hairs. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in Africa and Asia, for example in

  • China<
  • Ghana,
  • India,

    and also in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 278, No. 271, and also Plate 8, No. 6.


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    (written 21 November 2015)