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Achyra massalis

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Kingdom  Animalia
Subphylum  Hexapoda
Order  Lepidoptera
Phylum  Arthropoda
Class  Insecta
Family  Crambidae
Achyra massalis

The Ombava (Achyra massalis) is a moth of the Crambidae family. It is found in most of the Old World tropics, including La RĂ©union, Namibia and Australia (including New South Wales, Queensland and Western Australia).

The wingspan is about 20 mm. Adults have light to dark brown forewings with a submarginal dark band and a dark spot near the centre.

The larvae are considered agricultural pests and have been recorded feeding on Pennisetum glaucum. They are off-white, greenish or reddish and have three dark red lines along the body. They only feed at night. By day they rest in a web in the soil near the host plant.

Taxonomy

It is sometimes listed as a synonym of Achyra coelatalis.

References

Achyra massalis Wikipedia


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