Wingspan of 20-25 mm. Forewings yellow-green and sometimes brown with diagonal green stripe. Hindwings dull white with brown subterminal line.
Length of final instar reaches 13-18 mm. Body initially grey and later blue-grey with yellow spots. Small tubercules on dorsum bear short hairs. Head dark and shiny.
Spherical, bluish-green, 0.5 mm in diameter. Typically laid on young bolls, shoot tips and buds.
Europe, Africa, the Middle East, southern Asia.
Cotton (Gossypium), rice (Oryza), sugarcane (Saccharum) and maize (Zea)
Larvae bore into terminal buds to feed on soft growing stages. Extensive tunnelling results in wilting of the top leaves and collapse of the top of main stems. Stem apexes turn black and die. Buds and flowers wither and drop. Conspicuous holes are present where the larvae entered.
Up to 6