Musotima ochropteralis (Guenée, 1854)
(previously known as Isopteryx ochropteralis)
MUSOTIMINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Melbourne, Victoria)

The caterpillars of this species feed on:

  • Maidenhair Fern ( Adiantum aethiopicum, POLYPODIOPHYTA ).

    The adult moths of this species are brown with various markings, including a prominent white comma-shaped spot outlined in black on each forewing. The wingspam is about 2 cms.

    The species is found over the whole of Australia, including:

  • Western Australia,
  • South Australia,
  • Tasmania,
  • Victoria,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • New South Wales,


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 33.3, p. 352.

    Achille Guenée,
    Hypogrammidae,
    in Boisduval & Guenée,
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 8 (1854), p. 230, No. 200.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 29 (listed as Musotima ochroptera).


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    (updated 3 April 2013)