Culladia cuneiferellus (Walker, 1863)
(previously known as Crambus cuneiferellus)
CRAMBINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Culladia cuneiferellus
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Cooroy, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species can be a pest on lawns and pastures because they feed on various grasses, including:

  • Couch Grass ( Cynodon dactylon, POACEAE ).

    Culladia cuneiferellus
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths have forewings that are pale brown, each with two dark chevrons. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    Culladia cuneiferellus
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in :

  • New Zealand,

    and in Australia in :

  • Queensland,
  • Norfolk Island,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    Culladia cuneiferellus
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.18, pp. 66, 351.

    Francis Walker,
    Crambites & Tortricites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 175, No. 129.


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    (updated 26 March 2011, 9 October 2013)