Hednota pedionoma (Meyrick, 1885)
(one synonym : Metasia bilunalis Hampson, 1913)
CRAMBINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hednota pedionoma
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Victoria)

This Caterpillar is a pest on :

  • various Cereals ( POACEAE ).

    The adult moths have forewings that have a brown pattern 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 straight 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 :

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.14, pp. 66, 351.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On the classification of the Australian Pyralidina,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1885, part 4, p. 453.


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    (updated 6 September 2011)