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


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

The caterpillars of this species are a pest, boring into the growing shoots of a variety of

  • Palm Trees ( ARECACEAE ).


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

    The adult has greyish fawn fore and hind wings with two or three pale-edged dark angled 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.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species was originally found across Asia and the western Pacific, including:

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

    as well as in several parts of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    More recently it has begun invading

  • Europe.


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


    Further reading :

    Wolfgang Speidel, Erik J. van Nieukerken, Martin Honey, & Sjaak (J. C.) Koster,
    The exotic pyraloid moth Diplopseustis perieresalis (Walker)expanding in the West Palaearctic Region (Crambidae:Spilomelinae),
    Nota lepid.,
    Volume 29, Parts 3/4 (2000), pp. 185192.

    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, 10 August 2019, 30 November 2020, 10 November 2021)