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

Styphlolepis leucosticta
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Heath, Western Australia)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on

  • Capers ( Capparis spinosa, CAPPERACEAE ).

    The adult moths have forewings that are brown each shading to rusty brown at the base with two submarginal dark lines, and a black-outlined white spot near the base. The hindwings are white, darkening towards the wingtips, each with one submarginal dark line. The undersides are brown fading to white at the bases, each with one or two submarginal dark lines. The forewings have hooked wingtips, and doubly recurved margins. The wingspan is about 5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading:

    George F. Hampson,
    Descriptions of New Pyralidae of the Subfamilies Crambinae and Siginae,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 9, Volume 4 (1919), Number 23, p. 318, No. 1a.


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    (written 25 February 2015)