Ptochostola microphaeellus (Walker, 1866)
(one synonym : Crambus dirutellus Walker, 1866)
CRAMBINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ptochostola microphaeellus
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths have brown forewings each with a white streak. The moths have long hairy labial palps which they usually hold straight out in front of the head. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

Ptochostola microphaeellus
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), pp. 1758-1759.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1760-1761.


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    (updated 15 June 2010, 27 August 2019, 24 October 2020)