Adamski, D., Pinkaew, N., Nishida, K., & Deering, F. 2020 Lepidoptera Associated with Cultured Lac, Kerria lacca (Kerr, 1872) (Hemiptera: Kerridae), in Northern Thailand. The Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 74(4) : 209-243


  • natural enemies
  • taxonomy
  • Notes: Eublemma amabilis Moore [1884] (Erebidae) and Syncola pulverea (Meyrick, 1907) (Blastobasidae) are the dominant predators of cultured lac, Kerria lacca (Hemiptera: Kerridae), in northern Thailand. Two additional gelechioid species, Scythropiodes lacca Adamski, n. sp. (Depressariidae: Oditinae), and Stathmopoda venusta Meyrick, 1913 (Stathmopodidae) are, to a lesser degree, also predatory on lac insects. Several species of detritivorous Lepidoptera are found on lac-infested branches of Samanea saman (Jacq.) Merr. (Fabaceae) including: Erechthias leucopogon (Meyrick, 1924) (Tineidae), Stenachroia elongella Hampson, 1898 (Pyralidae: Galleriinae), Cryptoblades gnidiella (Millière, 1867) (Pyralidae: Phycitinae), and Pyroderces spatulata Adamski, n. sp. (Cosmopterigidae). Adults of all species associated with lac are described or redescribed.