Omiodes indicata (Fabricius, 1775)
Soybean Leaf Folder
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
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Omiodes indicata
Photo: courtesy of Merle Shepard, Gerald R.Carner, P.A.C Ooi, and Bugwood.org
Insects and their Natural Enemies Associated with Vegetables and Soybean in Southeast Asia.

The Caterpillars of this species are pale green with a pale brown head. They are pests on:

  • Soybeans ( Glycine max, FABACEAE ).

    but have been found attacking many other related species of Beans in FABACEAE, but also plants from many other families, including

  • Morning Glory ( Ipomoea purpurea, CONVOLVULACEAE ).
  • Tea ( Camellia sinensis, THEACEAE ).
  • Lantana ( Lantata camara, VERBENACEAE ).
  • African Basil ( Ocimum gratissimum, LAMIACEAE ).
  • Maize ( Zea mays, POACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live between folded leaves joined by silk.

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

    The adult moth is pale brown with some dark lines and patches across the wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Omiodes indicata
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Oxford University Museum of Natural History)

    This species is native to :

  • U.S.A.,

    but is now found in many other parts of the world, including

  • Cameroon,
  • China,

    and Australia, where the moth has been found in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Johan Christian Fabricius,
    Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
    Systema Entomologiae,
    Flensburgi et Lipsiae (1775), p. 640, No. 108.


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    (updated 18 March 2012, 16 September 2015)