PHYCODINAE, BRACHODIDAE, SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
These adult moths have forewings which are mainly dark brown and covered in white dots, except that each trisected by two broad white-edged dark brown bands. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found around the old-world tropics, including
as well as in Australia in
Although the genus Nigilgia seems corect, it is possible that the species of the Queensland specimen pictured above has been misidentified as the same as the African N. adjectella.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.13, p. 288.
Tortricites & Tineites,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 28 (1863), p. 512, No. 1.
(written 15 November 2018)