(one synonym : Botys marisalis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on a variety of Grasses ( POACEAE ) and are a pest on:
The caterpillar hides by day in a rolled leaf, and when mature pupates in a folded leaf of the foodplant.
The adult moth is buff coloured, with broad brown wing margins. There are also three brown lines across the each forewing, and two across each hindwing. The males have a thickened region on the costa of each forewing. Its wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species is found from Africa to the Pacific, including
and also Australia in
Further reading :
Jean-Baptiste Alphonse Dechauffour de Boisduval,
Memoire sur les Lepidoptères de Madagascar, Bourbon et Maurice.,
Nouvelles Annales du Muséum d'Histoire Naturelle,
Paris, Volume 2, Part 2 (1833), pp. 266-267, No. 5.
(updated 11 September 2011)