Glyphodes negatalis

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Karanj defoliator
Dysallacta negatalis dorsal.jpg
Dorsal view
Dysallacta negatalis ventral.jpg
Ventral view
Scientific classification
G. negatalis
Binomial name
Glyphodes negatalis
(Walker, 1859)[1]
  • Phalangiodes negatalis Walker, 1859
  • Dysallacta negatalis (Walker, 1859)[2]
  • Botys monesusalis Walker, 1859
  • Botys phanasalis Walker, 1859

Glyphodes negatalis, the karanj defoliator, is a species of moth of the family Crambidae. The species was first described by Francis Walker in 1859. It has a wide range in the tropics, including South Africa, The Gambia[3], Mali[4], India, Sri Lanka, Hong Kong, Japan and eastern Australia (including New South Wales and Queensland).[5]

The wingspan is about 20 mm. Adults are white with several ragged pale brown submarginal bands outlined in dark brown. The hindwings are white with brown veins and brown margins.


The larvae feed on Dillenia indica, Ficus microcarpa and Ficus religiosa (Moraceae).[6] In India they had been found also as a main defoliator of Pongamia pinnata (karanj)[7] and in Japan the larvae had been found on Ficus superba var. japonica.[8]


  1. ^ Nuss, M.; et al. (2003–2017). "GlobIZ search". Global Information System on Pyraloidea. As Dysallacta negatalis. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  2. ^ "Species Details: Dysallacta negatalis Walker, 1859". Catalogue of Life. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. ^ De Prins, J. & De Prins, W. (2018). "Glyphodes negatalis (Walker, 1859)". Afromoths. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  4. ^ Poltavsky, A.N., Kravchenko, V.D., Traore, M.M., Traore, S.F., Gergely, P., Witt, Th.J., Sulak, H., Beck, R.H.-T., Junnila, A., Revay, E.E., Doumbia, S., Beier, J.C. & Müller, G.C. 2018. Biodiversity and seasonality of Pyraloidea (Lepidoptera) in the woody savannah belt in Mali. Israel Journal of Entomology 48 (1): 69–78. Article
  5. ^ Herbison-Evans, Don & Crossley, Stella (27 January 2013). "Dysallacta negatalis (Walker, 1859)". Australian Caterpillars and their Butterflies and Moths. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  6. ^ "Glyphodes negatalis (Walker, 1859)". African Moths. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  7. ^ Chavan, Kabade, Kumar Prajapati, (2012). "Glyphodes negatalis Walker (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae): A new insect pest on Karanj, Pongamia pinnata (L.) Pierre in south Gujarat". Insect Environment. 17 (4): 176-177.
  8. ^ Tominaga, Satoru (2007). "New host plants of Dysallacta negatalis Walker and Hyalobathra illectalis Walker Crambidae". Japan Heterocerists' Journal. 243: 328-330.