Eastern Black Tabby
(one synonym : Cymoriza minima Butler, 1880)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(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.
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.
The species is found in several parts of the world, including:
as well as in several parts of Australia, including:
Further reading :
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 19 (1859), pp. 958-959, No. 2.
(updated 24 March 2011)