Wingspan of 7-20 mm. Forewings are typically light yellow-brown with some darker scale patterns forming longitudinal striations, usually darker at wing margins.Hindwings are white.
Up to 25 mm long when fully grown. Body is creamywhite to yellow-brown with 4 purple-brown longitudinal stripes and conspicuous dark brown dorsal spots. Head and prothoracic shield are reddish-brown to dark brown. Pale medial furrow on thoracic plate.
Scale like, creamy white, 1.5 mm across and laid in overlapping batches.
Eastern and southern Africa and southern Asia.
Sugarcane (Saccharum), sorghum (Sorghum), maize (Zea) and rice (Oryza).
Early instars feed in leaf funnels creating characteristic scars and holes. Later instars feed on growing points and tunnel into stems to feed within galleries. Dead hearts, weakened stems and chaffy heads in sorghum are all signs of infestation.
Generations: Up to 6 (climate dependent)