Spoladea recurvalis

Spoladea recurvalis, the beet webworm moth or Hawaiian beet webworm, is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. It is found worldwide, but mainly in the tropics.

Spoladea recurvalis
Spoladea recurvalis adult.JPG
Scientific classification
S. recurvalis
Binomial name
Spoladea recurvalis
(Fabricius, 1775)
    • Phalaena recurvalis Fabricius, 1787
    • Zinckenia recurvalis
    • Phalaena Pyralis fascialis Stoll, in Cramer, 1782
    • Hymenia recurvalis
    • Hymenia exodias Meyrick, 1904
    • Hydrocampa albifacialis Boisduval, 1833
    • Hydrocampa albifascialis Boisduval, 1833
    • Hymenia diffascialis Hübner, 1825
    • Nacoleia ancylosema Dognin, 1909
    • Odezia hecate var. formosana Shiraki, 1910
    • Phalaena angustalis Fabricius, 1787
    • Phycis recurvella Zincken, 1818
    • Spoladea animalis Guenée, 1854

The wingspan is 22–24 mm. The moth flies from May to September depending on the location.

The larvae feed on spinach, beet, cotton, maize and soybean. They feed on the underside of the leaves protected by a slight web. The larvae are green and resemble the ribs of the leaf somewhat. When fully grown, they are about 19 mm long.

The pupa is formed within a slight cocoon in a folded piece of leaf. It is very pale brown. The pupal period lasts about 12 days.



External linksEdit

  • Lepidoptera of Belgium
  • Australian caterpillars
  • Spoladea recurvalis at UKMoths
  • McLeod, Robin (4 August 2017). "Species Spoladea recurvalis - Beet Webworm Moth - Hodges#5170". BugGuide.Net. Retrieved 24 March 2018.
  • Cirrus Digital: Spoladea recurvalis – Beet webworm moth