Onebala hibisci (Stainton, 1859)
(also known as Helcystogramma hibisci)
DICHOMERIDINAE ,   GELECHIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Onebala hibisci
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These caterpillars feed on the leaves of :

  • Australian Native Rosella ( Hibiscus heterophyllus, MALVACEAE ).

    Onebala hibisci
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths have pale brown forewings each with a bold dark brown pattern. The hindwings are brown with a pale yellow costa. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    Onebala hibisci
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

  • India,

    and in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.23, p. 259.

    Henry Tibbats Stainton,
    Descriptions of Three species of Indian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume 5 (1859), p. 117, No. 8.


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    (updated 4 August 2012)