(previously known as Crambus opulentellus)
CRAMBINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell Park, Victoria)
The adult moth has forewings with brown and silvery white longitudinal stripes. The hind wings are silky and buff coloured. However, when the moth is holding onto a vertical blade of grass with its wings wrapped around its body, the shiny stripes make a good camouflage. The moth has a wing span of about 3 cms.
The species is found over most of Australia, including
Further reading :
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 82-83.
Philipp C. Zeller,
Chilonidarum et Crambidarum genera et species,
Programm der Königlichen Realschule zu Meseritz,
Berolini (1863), pp. 46-47, No. 122.
(updated 27 March 2011, 3 May 2018)