(one synonym : Metasia bilunalis Hampson, 1913)
CRAMBINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Victoria)
This Caterpillar is a pest on :
The adult moths have forewings that have a brown pattern often overlaid with yellow at the bases, with an irregular dark brown flash across the middle. The hindwings are plain white. The moths are inclined to hold their long labial palps hanging out in front of the head, looking like a birds beak. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species is found in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.14, pp. 66, 351.
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.
On the classification of the Australian Pyralidina,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
1885, part 4, p. 453.
(updated 6 September 2011, 1 May 2018, 1 September 2019)