(one synonym : Botys semifascialis Snellen, 1880)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern)
The Caterpillar of this species has been found feeding on the buds and flowers of various species of Hibiscus ( MALVACEAE), including
The adult moth has fawn forewings each with two or three patchy orange marks along the costa. The hindwings are pale brown shading to dark brown at the edges. The legs are white. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found in Asia, including
and in eastern Australia including:
Further reading :
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Pyralides,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 18 (1859), pp. 695-696.
Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes gevonden,
Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
Volume 23 (1880), pp. 214-215, No. 19, and also Plate 7, fig. 12
(updated 1 February 2013)