Eurrhypis pollinalis (Denis & Schiffermüller, 1775)
(one synonym: Ennychia melissalis Walker, 1859)
ODONTIINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: courtesy of Kai Berggren and Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

These caterpillars have been found feeding on various plants in FABACEAE, including

  • Scotch Broom (Cytisus scoparius),
  • Liquorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra),
  • Golden Rain (Laburnum anagyroides), and
  • Common Restharrow (Ononis repens).

    The adult moths have black wings, each with two off-white marks. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Huemer and Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    This species has been found across the northern hemisphere, including

  • Germany,
  • Macedonia, and
  • U.S.A. (listed as Botis flavinotalis),

    and in the 18th or early 19th century was accidentally introduced into

  • Australia.


    Further reading :

    Johann Nepomuk Cosmas Michael Denis, & Ignaz Schiffermüller,
    Ankündung eines systematischen Werkes von den Schmetterlingen der Wienergegend,
    B: Pyralides brevipalpes,
    Vienna : Augustin Bernardi (1775), p. 124, No. 44.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 18 (1859), p. 331, No. 11.


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    (written 7 March 2019)