Scirpophaga incertulas (Walker, 1863) - Yellow Stem Borer

Taxonomic Information

Scirpophaga Treitschke‎, 1832‎ species known from the Indian subcontinent (based on Lewvanich, 1981)
Scirpophaga auristrigella (Hampson, 1896). Bhutan; India: Sikkim, Khasis, Meghalaya, Assam. 
Scirpophaga aurivena (Hampson, 1903). India: Khasis, Meghalaya. 
Scirpophaga brunnealis (Hampson, 1919). Nepal; Mayanmar. 
Scirpophaga excerptalis (Walker, 1863). Pakistan; Nepal; Bangladesh; India: North India. 
Scirpophaga flavidorsalis (Hampson, 1919). Bhutan. 
Scirpophaga fusciflua Hampson, 1893. Sri Lanka; Nepal; India: North India. 
Scirpophaga gilviberbis Zeller, 1863. Myanmar; India: Kolkata, West Bengal. 
Scirpophaga incertulas (Walker, 1863) – Yellow Stem Borer. India. 
Scirpophaga khasis Lewvanich, 1981. India: Khasis, Meghalaya. 
Scirpophaga lineata (Butler, 1879). Nepal; Sri Lanka; Bangladesh; Myanmar; India: NE India. 
Scirpophaga magnella de Joannis, 1929. Pakistan; Nepal; India: North India. 
Scirpophaga nivella (Fabricius, 1794). Nepal; Bangladesh: Sri Lanka; Myanmar; India: Kolkata, West Bengal, Andaman Islands. 
Scirpophaga virginia Schultze, 1908. Sri Lanka; Bangladesh. 
Scirpophaga whalleyi Lewvanich, 1981. Sri Lanka; India: Kolkata, West Bengal, Chennai, Tamil Nadu 
Scirpophaga xanthogastrella (Walker, 1863). Sri Lanka; Nepal; India.

Photo Gallery and Species Biology

StateJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecNo date
Andaman and Nicobar Islands
Andhra Pradesh211
Arunachal Pradesh
Assam111
Bihar
Chandigarh1
Chhattisgarh245
Dadra & Nagar Haveli
Daman & Diu
Delhi
Goa
Gujarat1
Haryana
Himachal Pradesh
Jammu and Kashmir
Jharkhand
Karnataka11131
Kerala2321
Lakshadweep
Madhya Pradesh1
Maharashtra111
Manipur
Meghalaya2
Mizoram
Nagaland
Odisha
Paschimbanga11111
Pondicherry
Punjab
Rajasthan
Sikkim
Tamil Nadu1
Tripura
Uttar Pradesh
Uttarakhand
West Bengal1
Total333733458522

Scirpophaga incertulas (Walker, 1863) – Yellow Stem Borer :  Andropogon sp., Coix lacryma-jobi, Ischaemum aristatum, Oryza sativa, Themeda quadrivalvis (Poaceae), Eleocharis dulcis (Cyperaceae) (Robinson et al. 2010).

  1. OD: Chilo incertulas Walker, 1863. List Spec. Lepid. Insects Colln Br. Mus. 27: 143; TL: Borneo, Sarawak. 
  2. Lewvanich, A. 1981. A revision of the Old World species of Scirpophaga (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae). Bull. Br. Mus. nat. Hist. (Ent) 42 (4) : 185-298. 
  3. Haruta, T. (Ed.). 2000. Moths of Nepal. Part 6. TINEA. Vol. 16 (Supplement 1). The Japan Heterocerists’ Society, Tokyo. Pl. 141/8-9. 
  4. http://www.nbair.res.in/insectpests/Scirpophaga-incertulas.php [accessed 22 January 2019]
  5. https://v3.boldsystems.org/index.php/Taxbrowser_Taxonpage?taxid=86613
  6. https://www.inaturalist.org/taxa/943179-Scirpophaga-excerptalis

Page citation

Anonymous 2024. Scirpophaga incertulas (Walker, 1863) – Yellow Stem Borer. In Sondhi, S., Y. Sondhi, R.P. Singh, P. Roy and K. Kunte (Chief Editors). Butterflies of India, v. 3.73. Published by the Indian Foundation for Butterflies. URL: https://moths.ncbs.res.in/scirpophaga-incertulas, accessed 2024/04/21.