Exelastis phlyctaenias (Meyrick, 1911)
(formerly known as Marasmarcha phlyctaenias)
PTEROPHORINAE,   PTEROPHORIDAE,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Exelastis phlyctaenias
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterepillars of this species have been found feeding on

  • Cashew Tree ( Anacardium occidentale, ANACARDIACEAE ), and
  • Pidgeon Pea ( Cajanus cajan, FABACEAE ).

    The adult moth has brown wings each with some white patches and dark elongated spots. There are some black dots on the margin of each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species occurs around the world in the tropics, including

  • Sri Lanka,
  • Virgin Islands,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Indian Microlepidoptera Part XIV,
    Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society,
    Volume 21 (1911), p. 106.


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    (written 7 September 2018)