very rare species in Belgium, hitherto only known from old observations
before 1980 in 1 northern province. This pest species has an IaII
quarantaine status in the European Union, which means that all infected
plants may not be transported. Area's where the species is not
established, should be destroyed in case of accidental introduction.
larva lives on a variety of plants including Zeta, Cordyline, Dieffenbachia, Philodendron, Araucaria, Sanseveria, Begonia, Ficus, Strelitzia, Bougainvillea etc... Mostly found in greenhouses and nurseries. Pupation in a brown cocoon.
adults can been observed throughout the year, depending on temperature.
Lima, 29 December 2007.
(Photo © Chris Snyers)