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 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, 19 July 2019, 3 December 2020)