Last modified: June 29, 2022, 10:03 a.m.
A native species to Uruguay and central Argentina.
This species came to Europe in the 1990s with various loads of different palms from Argentina and quickly established itself here. The caterpillar lives exclusively in palm trees. Observations onwards from 2011 in different provinces.
Maggot-like and whitish.
The larva pupates in a cocoon incorporating palm fibres within the larval gallery.
The larva feeds in stems and trunks of palms.