Progonia umbrifera (T.P. Lucas, 1895)
(one synonym : Simplicia micrastis Meyrick, 1902)
HERMINIIDAE ,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Progonia umbrifera
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on dead leaves of:

  • Sugar Cane ( Saccharum cultivars, POACEAE ).

    Progonia umbrifera
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth is brown, with a variable pattern, usually consisting of indistinct dark bands and zigzag lines across each forewing. The hindwings are similar but a lot paler. The adult moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

    The species has been found found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Australian Lepidoptera: thirty new species,
    Transactions of the Natural History Society of Queensland,
    Volume 1 (1894), p. 111.


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    (updated 11 August 2010, 3 June 2017)