Cabbage Cluster Caterpillar

Crocidolomia binotalis

Family: Pyralidae

Order: Lepidoptera

Description:

Biology:

Life Cycle:

Adult

Colour - .

Body - Small. Stout with long hair scales.

Wings - 2 Pairs. Membranous. Hairy

Mouthparts -

Antennae - 3 segments. Filiform (Finely hair like).

Legs - Broad overlapping scales. Feet (Tarsi) have 5 segments.

Head - Smooth. Broad overlapping scales. Large rounded compound eyes.

Thorax - Broad overlapping scales. 3 segments. Front segment much smaller. Hairy

Abdomen - Broad overlapping scales. 7-11 segments. Spiracles on segments 1-7. Hairy

Egg - Flat. Oval.

Habits - Can't fly when cold.

Caterpillar -

Colour

Body - 10-30 mm long, 5-10 mm wide.

Mouthparts - Chewing.

Antennae - Short. 3 segments.

Legs - 5 segments. Single claw on end.

Head - Hard.

Thorax - 3 pairs of legs.

Abdomen - 10-11 segments. Spiracles on segments 1 to 8. Prolegs on segments 3, 6 and 10.

Habits - Herbivorous.

Habitats:

Origin and History:

Distribution:

Significance:

Caterpillars feed on cabbage and other Brassicas in a group under a web.

Management and Control:

Related Species:

Cabbage Centre Grub (Crocidolomia pavonana), Cucumber Moth (Diaphania indica), Wax moths (Galleria mellonella and Achroia grisella), Rice moth (Corcyra cephalonica), Meal moth (Pyralis farinalis)

Similar Species:

References:

CSIRO. The Insects of Australia. Melbourne University Press. (1991) p889.

Acknowledgments:

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