Hednota pleniferellus (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym : Crambus aurosus Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
CRAMBINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

The caterpillars of this species feed on :

  • Grass ( POACEAE ).


    male, lithograph by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Crambus aurosus,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXXVII, fig. 31,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The adult moth has white forewings, each with a number of forked brown lines radiating from the base. The hindwings are pale brown with hairy fringes. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.12, pp. 52, 80, 351.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologischer Theil: Lepidoptera,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 7, and also Plate 137, fig. 31.

    Francis Walker,
    Crambites & Tortricites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), pp. 173-174, No. 125.


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    (updated 7 April 2013)