Etiella behrii (Zeller, 1848)
Small Tabby
(one synonym : Alata consociella Walker, 1866)
PHYCITINI ,   PHYCITINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of the South Australian Research and Development Institute)

The Caterpillars of this species are green with pink markings and a mottled brown head. They are an agricultural pest, feeding inside the developing seedpods of various members of the family FABACEAE, including:

  • Peanuts ( Arachis hypogaea ),
  • Tagasaste ( Chamaecytisus prolifer ),
  • Soybeans ( Glycine species ),
  • Lupins ( Lupinus nanus ),
  • Lucerne ( Medicago sativa ), and
  • Garden Peas ( Pisum sativum ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Victoria)

    The adult is brown or grey, each forewing having two orange bands at the base separated by a band of dark spots, and also a white line edged with orange along the costa.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The hindwings have a satin sheen, and are pale brown with darker veins and margins. The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm.


    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

    It is found over much of south-east Asia including :

  • China,
  • Indonesia,

    and all of Australia, in:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.4, pp. 57, 66, 350.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 134.

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Exotische Phycideen,
    Isis von Oken,
    Volume 11 (1848), p. 883, No. 2.


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    (updated 8 September 2011, 30 April 2017)