Flora index
Fauna index
guide to the mangroves of singapore
Peter K L Ng and N Sivasothi (editors)
Kacang putih moth
Caloptilia scaeodesma
Family Gracilariidae

Adult wingspan:
10 mm

The larvae typically make a coiled pupation roll on the edge of leaves of Sonneratia alba, like rolled-up kacang putih paper, which is a sheet of paper rolled up to contain nuts.

The larvae sometimes also form tumours on the leaf (galls).

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close-up of pinned adult
Pinned adult moth
dorsal view

close-up of rolled leaf
Leaf rolled to form
a 'kacang putih' packet
What is mangrove?

The Ecosystem


Indirect uses
Potential uses

About Mangroves
in Singapore

Mangroves to visit
From "A Guide to Mangroves of Singapore", Peter K. L. Ng and N. Sivasothi (editors)
Volume 1: The Ecosystem and Plant Diversity and Volume 2: Animal Diversity
Authors: Kelvin K. P. Lim, Dennis H. Murphy, T. Morgany, N. Sivasothi, Peter K. L. Ng,
B. C. Soong, Hugh T. W. Tan, K. S. Tan & T. K. Tan
BP Guide to Nature Series published by the Singapore Science Centre, sponsored by British Petroleum
2001 Raffles Museum of Biodiversity Research, The National University of Singapore & The Singapore Science Centre