Pyralis manihotalis Guenée, 1854 - Tropical Tabby; Tropical Meal Moth

Taxonomic Information

Pyralis Linnaeus, 1758 species known from India and Sri Lanka:
Pyralis elongalis (Kollar & Redtenbacher, 1844). India: Himalaya, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, Central India. 
Pyralis fumipennis Butler, 1889. India: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. 
Pyralis funebralis Warren, 1895. India: Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. 
Pyralis janiusalis Walker, 1859. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis manihotalis Guenée, 1854 – Tropical Tabby; Tropical Meal Moth. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis minimalis Hampson, 1893. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis monostoechalis Warren, 1891. India: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. 
Pyralis oenalis Hampson, 1906. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis palesalis Walker, 1859. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis phycidalis Guenée, 1854. India: Central India. 
Pyralis pictalis (Curtis, 1834). India; Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis platymitris Butler, 1883. India: Solan, Himachal Pradesh. 
Pyralis prepialis Hampson, 1903. India: Sikkim. 
Pyralis princeps Butler, 1889. India: Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh. 
Pyralis proximalis Walker, 1862. India: Hindustan. 
Pyralis ravolalis Walker, 1859. Sri Lanka. 
Pyralis rectisectalis Warren, 1896. India: Peermade, Kerala. 
Pyralis subresectalis (Snellen, 1890). India: Sikkim. 
Pyralis trifascialis Moore, 1877. India: Port Blair, S. Andamans. 
Pyralis elongalis (Kollar & Redtenbacher, 1844). India: Himalaya, Mussoorie, Uttarakhand, Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, Central India.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

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Pyralis manihotalis Guenée, 1854 – Tropical Tabby; Tropical Meal Moth: Detritophagous* Abelmoschus moschatus (Malvaceae), Vigna radiata, Canavalia ensiformis, Tamarindus spp. (Fabaceae), Coffea arabica (Rubiaceae), Coriandrum sativum, Cuminum (Apiaceae), Dioscorea spp. (Dioscoreaceae), Opuntia monacantha (Cactaceae), Solanum tuberosum (Solanaceae), Theobroma cacao (Malvaceae), Zea mays (Poaceae), Zingiber officinale (Zingiberaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010). 
  1. Pyralis manihotalis Guenée, 1854. Delt. and Pyr., 121. TL: Cayenne, French Guyana. 
  2. Hampson, G. F. 1896. The Fauna of British India including Ceylon and Burma. Moths, Vol. 4. Taylor & Francis, London. Pyralidae 594 p - 287 figs. Pg 151, #4527.
  3. Weinstein, P. and Edwards, E.D., 1994. Troglophilic Moths in Australia: First Record of a Self‐sustaining Population. Australian Journal of Entomology, 33(4), pp.377-379.
  4. https://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=279374
  5. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/330478-Pyralis-manihotalis

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Pyralis manihotalis Guenée, 1854 – Tropical Tabby; Tropical Meal Moth. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.74. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://www.mothsofindia.org/pyralis-manihotalis, accessed 2024/06/21.