Herpetogramma platycapna (Meyrick, 1897)
(previously known as Pyrausta platycapna)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of S.Z. Ghazali, B.M. Md-Zain, B. M., H. Maideen, A. Maimon, & S. Yaakop,
A first record of gregarious moth pest, Herpetogramma playcapna (Meyrick)
of Fern species Angiopteris evecta (G. Forst.) Hoffm from Malaysia,
Malaysian Applied Biology, Volume 43, Part 2 (2014), pp. 105-109.

The Caterpillar of this species is green with a black head and prothorax. The caterpillars have been found feeding gregariously on:

  • Giant Fern ( Angiopteris evecta, POLYPODOPHYTA ).

    The caterpillars live and feed in a shelter created by rolling some fronds of the fern into a ball.


    (Photo: courtesy of the Bishop Museum, Hawaii)

    The adult moth has yellow wings with variable brown spots and wiggly lines, and broad brown wing margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Indonesia,
  • Keeling Islands,
  • Malaysia,
  • New Guinea,

    and northern Australia including

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    S.Z. Ghazali, B.M. Md-Zain, B. M., H. Maideen, A. Maimon, & S. Yaakop,
    A first record of gregarious moth pest, Herpetogramma playcapna (Meyrick)
    of Fern species Angiopteris evecta (G. Forst.) Hoffm from Malaysia
    ,
    Malaysian Applied Biology,
    Volume 43, Part 2 (2014), pp. 105-109.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On Lepidoptera from Malay Archipelago,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1897, p. 90.


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    (updated 1 April 2003, 15 September 2015)