(one synonym : Hymenia exodias Meyrick, 1904)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
This Caterpillar is brownish-green, with sparse white hairs, and a brown head with black speckles. It lives and pupates communally in a silken web of leaves and frass on its foodplant. It is a pest on:
and also feeds on:
The adult is black with two incomplete white stripes on each forewing, and a complete one across each hindwing. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found all over the world, including :
and over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 33.19, pp. 66, 356.
Johan Christian Fabricius,
Historiae Natvralis Favtoribvs,
1775, p. 644, No. 129.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 88.
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 31.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 49.
(updated 15 September 2011, 2 February 2013, 28 June 2020)