The species Sameodes cancellalis is a moth in the family Crambidae. It is known as the Banded Pearl in Australia. The adult moths are variable from light to dark brown, with white spots/patches and partly outlined in dark brown to black on the forewings, and white bands across the hindwings. The white patches can appear to make a continuous pattern when the wings are open in a spread position. The moth has a wingspan of about 20 mm.

This species is recorded with a wide distribution from India, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Myanmar, Thailand, Indochina, Taiwan, Japan, China, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, New Guinea, western and southern Africa, Fiji, the Cook Islands and Australia.1

Sameodes cancellalis, Alice Springs NT
Sameodes cancellalis, Alice Springs NT
Sameodes cancellalis, Alice Springs NT
Sameodes cancellalis, Alice Springs NT

  • Scientific classification
  • Kingdom: Animalia
  • Phylum: Arthropoda
  • Subphylum: Hexapoda
  • Class: Insecta
  • Informal: Pterygotes
  • Order: Lepidoptera
  • Unranked: Ditrysia
  • Superfamily: Pyraloidea
  • Family: Crambidae
  • Subfamily: Spilomelinae
  • Genus: Sameodes
  • Species:
    • Sameodes artificalis
    • Sameodes cancellalis
    • Sameodes iolealis

Footnote & References

  1. Sameodes cancellalis, Wikipedia,
  2. Banded Pearl (Sameodes cancellalis), iNaturalistAU,
  3. Sameodes cancellalis (Zeller, 1852), Atlas of Living Australia,

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