Styphlolepis agenor Hampson, 1919
Bumble Tree Moth
MIDILINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Styphlolepis agenor
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario)

The Caterpillars of this species bore into the trunks of

  • Bumble Trees ( Capparis mitchelli, CAPPERACEAE ).

    The caterpillars are cylindrical and brownish yellow with a dark head. The caterpillars are inclined to partly fill their boreholes with frass that sometimes spills out of the open end. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 2 cms.

    Styphlolepis agenor
    boreholes, drawing by Walter W. Froggatt, listed as Zeuzera macleayi,

    Forest insects of Australia, Sydney 1923, p. 90,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by NCSU Libraries.

    The caterpillars pupate in their borehole.

    Styphlolepis agenor
    drawing by Walter W. Froggatt, listed as Zeuzera macleayi,

    Forest insects of Australia, Sydney 1923, p. 91,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by NCSU Libraries.

    The adult moths have forewings that are greyish brown each with two vague submarginal dark lines. The hindwings are orange, shading to grey towards the wingtips, each with one vague submarginal dark line. The forewings have hooked wingtips, and doubly recurved margins. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading:

    Walter W. Froggatt,
    Bumble Tree Moth,
    Forest Insects of Australia,
    Sydney 1923, pp. 89-92,

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    A revision of the Australian Nolidae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 26 (1915), pp. 31-32.


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    (written 26 April 2016)