Diplopseustis perieresalis (Walker, 1859)
Eastern Black Tabby
(one synonym : Cymoriza minima Butler, 1880)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of James Bailey, Bentleigh, Victoria)

The caterpillars of this species are a pest on various Palm Trees ( ARECACEAE ), boring into the growing shoots.


(Photo: courtesy of Steve Hodge, Brisbane, Queensland)

The adult has greyish fawn fore and hind wings with two or three pale-edged dark curved lines across each forewing. There are several white dots along each forewing costa. The wingspan is about 2 cms. The moth holds its substantial labial palps projecting forwards. When in repose, the moth is inclined to wrinkle its wings.


underside
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Hodge, Brisbane, Queensland)

The species is found in several parts of the world, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Europe,
  • Fiji,
  • Hong Kong
  • Japan,
  • Korea,
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in several parts of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 19 (1859), pp. 958-959, No. 2.


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    (updated 24 March 2011)