Green Leaf Folder
(one synonym : Botys pigresalis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The caterpillar of this species is green with black marks on the thorax. The caterpillars are a pest on:
Later instar caterpillars shelter in a folded leaf held closed with silk.
The adult moth is bright yellow with dark brown zig-zag lines across the wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The eggs are laid sometimes in groups and sometimes single. They are laid on the upper surface of a foodplant leaf near the central vein. One female moth can lay up to 300 eggs over a few days.
The species is found over south-east Asia, including:
and in Australia in
Further reading :
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 17 (1859), p. 374, No. 25.
(updated 16 March 2008, 27 January 2013)