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  Lesser Rice-Leafroller (Cnaphalocrocis poeyalis)





Lesser Rice-Leafroller | Cnaphalocrocis poeyalis photo
Lesser Rice-Leafroller

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INSECT FACTS

Identification
The Lesser Rice-Leafroller Adult is a pale beige coloured moth with three brown broken stripes across the forewings and two stripes across the hindwings. The outer third of the wings is darker in colour. The abdomen is a creamy colour with a darker brown band near the tip. The caterpillar rolls up a leaf to shelter in during the day. At maturity, the caterpillar pupates in a folded leaf of the food plant.

Size
wingspan about 17mm, body length about 8mm

Food
The larva feeds on leaves of grasses and sedges. They are a pest on rice plants and soy plants.

Range
The Lesser Rice-Leafroller moth is found around the western Pacific, and in Queensland Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Crambidae
Genus:Cnaphalocrocis
Species:poeyalis
Common Name:Lesser Rice-Leafroller