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


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.

    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.


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

    The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms. This species is found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Queensland.

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    (updated 17 March 2012)