Parapoynx polydectalis (Walker, 1859)
(previously known as Cataclysta polydectalis)
ACENTROPINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

Like most members of the subfamily NYMPHULINAE, these Caterpillers are probably aquatic, feeding on water weeds.


(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The wings of the adult of this species have a striking pattern of brown and white. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species is widespread in north and eastern Australia, having been found in:

  • the north of Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Peter Hendry,
    The Return of the Crambidae,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 54 (September 2009), pp. 23-25,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Graham McDonald,
    Moths of Kutini-Payamu (Iron Range) National Park,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 76 (March 2015), p. 10, fig. 5,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 27.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera. Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), pp. 451-452, No. 29.


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    (updated 26 February 2011, 3 March 2014, 14 March 2015)