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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Pyralidae
Genus: Metoecis
Mabille, 1879
Species: M. carnifex
Binomial name
Metoecis carnifex
(Coquerel, 1855)
  • Chilo carnifex Coquerel, 1855
  • Metoecis lepidocerella Mabille, 1879

Metoecis is a monotypic snout moth genus described by Paul Mabille in 1879. Its only species, Metoecis carnifex, was described by Charles Coquerel in 1855.[1] It is found on Madagascar and South Africa.[2]

The larvae are parasitic on Anaphe infraeta. They perforate the newly formed cocoons and pupate within the cocoon envelope.


  1. ^ "GlobIZ search". Global Information System on Pyraloidea. Retrieved September 18, 2017. 
  2. ^ De Prins, J.; De Prins, W. (2017). "Metoecis carnifex (Coquerel, 1855)". Afromoths. Retrieved November 14, 2017.