Uresiphita polygonalis

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Uresiphita polygonalis
Uresiphita polygonalis, Seringveld.jpg
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Genus: Uresiphita
Species: U. polygonalis
Binomial name
Uresiphita polygonalis
(Denis and Schiffermueller, 1775)
  • Pyralis polygonalis Denis and Schiffermueller, 1775
  • Mecyna polygonalis
  • Pyralis limbalis Denis and Schiffermueller, 1775
  • Uresiphita limbalis
  • Mecyna virescens Butler, 1881
  • Uresiphita aversalis (Guenée, 1854)
  • Uresiphita consanguinalis (Guenée, 1854)
  • Uresiphita deprivalis (Walker, 1859)
  • Uresiphita diversalis (Hübner, 1796)
  • Uresiphita extinctalis Caradja, 1916
  • Uresiphita gilvata (Fabricius, 1794)
  • Uresiphita ochrocrossa Clarke, 1971
  • Uresiphita orientalis (Fabricius, 1794)
  • Uresiphita teriadalis (Guenée, 1854)
  • Uresiphita villicalis (Hübner, 1826)

Uresiphita polygonalis is a moth of the Crambidae family. It is found in the Pacific, including Hawaii and New Zealand, Sri Lanka, Europe and northern & southern Africa[1][2]

The wingspan is about 27 mm. Adults range in color from green to red.

Larval foodplants are mainly quinolizidine-bearing tribes of Fabaceae, (Ulex europaeus, Genista sp., Sarothamnus sp., Sophoreae sp., Sophora tomentosa, Carmichaeliae and Genisteae).[3][4] In Hawaii they have been recorded on Acacia koa and Sophora chrysophylla. They feed gregariously among webbed leaves.


  • Uresiphita polygonalis polygonalis
  • Uresiphita polygonalis virescens (Butler, 1881) (Hawaii)
  • Uresiphita polygonalis maorialis (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875) (New Zealand)


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