Banksia Boring Moth
(one synonym : Crambus submarginellus Walker, 1866)
CNEPHASIINI,  , TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
Banksia flower bud damaged by this Caterpillar
(Photo: courtesy of Bill Woods, Western Australia Department of Agriculture)
This Caterpillar is a pest, feeding on the flower spikes of :
The adults are sometimes grey with some rusty brown markings, and sometimes rusty brown with grey markings. It has long grey labial palps help straight out in front of its head. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms. The pheromones of this species have been identified.
The species has been found in
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), pp. 60-61.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), p. 1474.
(updated 2 September 2008, 15 October 2018)