Bumble Tree Moth
MIDILINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Biodiversity Institute of Ontario)
The Caterpillars of this species bore into the trunks of
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.
The caterpillars pupate in their borehole.
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 a slight double recurve, with the tornal recurve looking like a little bite out of the wing. The wingspan is about 5 cms.
The species has been found in
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.
(written 26 April 2016)