Trigonoorda gavisalis (Walker, 1869)
(one synonym : Mecyna rhodochrysa Meyrick, 1885)
ODONTIINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley


(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of :

  • Mistletoe ( LORANTHACEAE ).

    They pupate in a frass-covered cocoon in a rolled leaf tip of their foodplant.


    (Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

    The adults are rather lurid. Their wings are orange, with the forewings having red bases and purple wingtips. Sadly, the colours fade in museum specimens. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    This species is found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 31.

    Francis Walker,
    Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    E.W. Janson, London, 1869, p. 73, No. 22.


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    (updated 17 March 2012)