Nymphicula torresalis Agassiz, 2014
ACENTROPINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nymphicula torresalis
(Photo: courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species live in cases constructed from silk and bits of vegetation. The caterpillars are thought to feed on

  • Succubous Liverworts ( Jungermannia species).

    The forewings of the adult moths have a striking pattern of orange, brown, and white markings. The hindwings have a brown and white pattern, edged with a black arc containing white and yellow spots. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    This species can be distinguished from the similar Nymphicula queenslandica by the near-straight hindwing subterminal lines, the mainly orange (rather than mainly white) near-basal stripe across the forewing, and the larger metallic patch in the middle of the forewing.

    The species has been found in Australia in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    David J.L. Agassiz,
    A preliminary study of the genus Nymphicula Snellen from Australia, New Guinea and the south Pacific (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae: Acentropinae),
    Zootaxa,
    Volume 3774, Part 5 (2014), pp. 401429.


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    (written 13 April 2019)