Glaucocharis dilatella (Meyrick, 1879)
(previously known as Eromene dilatella)
CRAMBINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Glaucocharis dilatella
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have cream forewings, each with brown mottling and a row of black and orange spots along the margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The moths are inclined to hold their long labial palps straight out in front of the head, looking like a birds beak. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Glaucocharis dilatella
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.20, p. 351.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera I: Crambites,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 3, Part 3 (1879), p. 199.


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    (updated 6 June 2011)