(one synonym : Diathaustra timaralis R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
MUSOTIMINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)
The caterpillars of this species are pale green with a transparent skin. They live in a sparse web, feeding on the undersides of the leaves of various Ferns (POLYPODIOPHYTA) including:
The pupa is formed in a folded foodplant leaf, held folded by strands of white silk.
The adult moths of this species are brown with various white markings outlined in black on each forewing. The hindwings are mainly white, with brown margins. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in :
as well as over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 352.
Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), pp. 1317-1318.
(updated 8 September 2011, 26 February 2018, 1 September 2019, 5 March 2021)