Almella Frass Moth
(previously known as Odontasthria almella)
PHYCITINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Pat and Mike Coupar
(Photo: from "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)
This smooth Caterpillar is usually green when young, later becoming brown. It feeds on:
living in a solitary shelter of silk and droppings on the foodplant. It grows to a length of about 2 cms.
It pupates in its shelter.
The adult has brown or grey wings, the forewings with a pattern of wiggly dark lines, and the hind wings plain. It has long legs. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Pat and Mike Coupar,
Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 84.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. I. Crambites,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 3, Part 3 (1879), pp. 210-211.
(updated 24 June 2010)