Brinjal Shoot and Fruit Borer
(one synonym : Syngamia octavialis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Barry Daniel Nourice,
Tamil Nadu Agricultural University and Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center)
These Caterpillars are very fussy. They are a world-wide pest, feeding only on the shoots and fruit of
The caterpillars are white or pink, with four dark dashes on the prothorax, and with four small pale brown warts on the back of each abdominal segment. The head is brown.
The caterpillar leaves its foodplant to pupate elsewhere in a brown cocoon.
The adult moth is white with some yellow and some black markings, and a reddish-brown splodge near the middle of each forewing. The natural resting posture has the tail of the abdomen curled up and forwards. The male moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms. The female moth is larger with a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species has been found in
as well as in Australia in
Control of this pest has been tried with:
Further reading :
Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
in Boisduval & Guenée :
Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 223, No. 187.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 40.
(written 3 April 2013, updated 6 August 2013, 23 January 2016)