Spotted Beet Webworm Moth
(one synonym : Zinckenia primordialis Zeller, 1852)
SPILOMELINAE , CRAMBIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species are a minor international pest on:
as well as feeding on various plants such as:
The adult moth is dark brown with variable markings. The forewings can have a pattern darker brown and either white or paler brown markings. The hindwings each have a ragged white stripe. The body is brown with white bands. The legs are white, with black bands on the forelegs. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species has been found all over the world, including :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Hymenia perspectalis (Hubner, 1796) possible new host plant,
Issue 73 (June 2014), pp. 25-26,
Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club..
Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
Volume 6 (1813), Plate 16, fig. 101.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 40.
(updated 17 August 2013)