(one synonym : Botys minoralis Walker, 1866)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dick Whitford, Julatten, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is a translucent green, with sparse white hairs. Dark internal organs are visible through the skin, including a dark line along the middle of the back. The head is pale brown.
These caterpillars have been found feeding on
The pupa is brown with a length of about 1.6 cms. It is formed in a silk cocoon spun in a leaf of the foodplant.
The adult moth of this species is pale brown, often with three brown zigzag transverse lines on each forewing, and two on each hindwing. One sex is able to evert a tuft of black hairs from the tip of the abdomen, presumably to disperse pheromones. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms. The underside of the abdomen is white.
The species is found in Australia in
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 18 (1859), p. 681, No. 161.
(written 14 September 2021)