(previously known as Cenocnemis marginata)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of PC, Brisbane, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are pale green with several raised black lumps on each segment, and a pale brown head. They live in a shelter created from curled or joined leaves held with silk.
The caterpillars are a pest on:
The young caterpillars eat the flesh of the leaves leaving a skeleton of veins. Older caterpillars have been found feeding on the bark.
The caterpillars pupate in their shelter. Pupation lasts only 10 days in summer.
The adults are a deep green colour, with a crenulated brown line around the edges of each wing. The moths have a wing span of about 3 cms.
The male moths have a black hairy coremata.
The species is found across south-east Asia, including
as well as Australia, where it occurs in
Further reading :
George Francis Hampson,
The Macrolepidoptera Heterocera of Ceylon,
Illustrations of typical specimens of Lepidoptera Heterocera in the British Museum,
Part 9 (1893), p. 169, and also Plate 173, fig. 23.
(updated 6 August 2013, 24 March 2017, 30 November 2020)