SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Dave Britton & Bart Hacobian
(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are a tropical pest, boring into the stems of
The adult moths are pale brown with dark spots and zig-zag lines on the wings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.
The Pheromones of this species have been elucidated.
The species occurs across south-east Asia, including :
as well as in Australia, where it seems to have a fairly wide habitat spread including wet lowland tropical rainforest and dry schlerophyll woodland.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Arthur G. Butler,
Description of New Species of Heterocerous Lepidoptera (Pyralites) from the Solomon Islands,
The Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
Series 5, Volume 20 (1887), p. 121, No. 12.
(updated 31 August 2010)