Salbia haemorrhoidalis (Guenée, 1854)
Lantana Leaftier Moth
(one synonym : Asopia dircealis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Salbia haemorrhoidalis
(Photo: courtesy of Alan Fletcher Research Station, Queensland Department of Natural Resources and Mines)

This caterpillar is green with a brown head. It constructs and lives in a shelter of a folded leaf of its foodplant. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms.

It is a native of the Americas and the Caribbean, but was introduced deliberately into Australia to control its foodplant :

  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENACEAE ).

    Salbia haemorrhoidalis
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth is yellowish brown with several dark lines across each wing. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The moth has been noted in

  • Brazil
  • Costa Rica,
  • Mexico,
  • U.S.A.

    and in Australia: the moth may now be found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • northern New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 72.

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée :
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), pp. 201-202, No. 149.


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    (written 2 February 2013)