(one synonym : Mecyna rhodochrysa Meyrick, 1885)
ODONTIINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
The Caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of :
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. The moths have a wing span of about 2 cms.
This species is found in
Further reading :
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 31.
Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
E.W. Janson, London, 1869, p. 73, No. 22.
(updated 17 March 2012)