Chilo (moth)


Chilo is a genus of moths of the family Crambidae. Some of these moths are called borers.[citation needed]

Chilo phragmitella
Scientific classification Edit this classification
Domain: Eukaryota
Kingdom: Animalia
Phylum: Arthropoda
Class: Insecta
Order: Lepidoptera
Family: Crambidae
Tribe: Chiloini
Genus: Chilo
Zincken, 1817[1]
  • Borer Guenée, 1862
  • Chilona Sodoffsky, 1837
  • Chilotraea Kapur, 1950
  • Diphryx Grote, 1881
  • Hypiesta Hampson, 1919
  • Nephalia Turner, 1911
  • Silveria Dyar, 1925



The proboscis is absent. Palpi porrect (extended forward), clothes with rough hair, and extending from two and a half to three lengths of the head. Maxillary palp dilated with scales at extremity. Frons with a conical projection. Antennae minutely serrate and ciliated. Tibia with outer spurs about two-thirds length of inner. Forewings with the apex rectangular in male, typically acute and produced in female. Vein 3 from before angle of cell and veins 4 and 5 well separated at origin. Vein 7 straight and well separated from veins 8 and 9. Vein 10 free, whereas vein 11 curved and approximated to vein 12. Hindwings with vein 3 from near angle of cell. Veins 4 and 5 from angle and veins 6 and 7 from upper angle.[2]



Status unclear

  • Chilo decrepitellus Zincken, 1821 [nomen oblitum], described from Germany

Former species



  1. ^ Nuss, M.; et al. (2003–2011). "GlobIZ search". Global Information System on Pyraloidea. Retrieved 2011-10-10.
  2. ^ Hampson, G. F. (1896). The Fauna of British India, Including Ceylon and Burma. Vol. Moths Volume IV. Taylor and Francis – via Biodiversity Heritage Library.   This article incorporates text from this source, which is in the public domain.
  • Savela, Markku. "Chilo Zincken, 1817". Lepidoptera and Some Other Life Forms. Retrieved December 8, 2017.
  • Chilo at Fauna Europaea