Cardamyla carinentalis Walker, 1859
PYRALINI ,   PYRALINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of The Australian Museum)

The Caterpillar is red with black markings. It hides by day in a shelter of leaves joined with silk. It feeds on:

  • Brown Beech ( Pennantia cunninghamii, PITTOSPORACEAE ).

    It pupates in its silken shelter.

    The adult moth has black and white fore wings, and orange hind wings with a black margin and a black spot in the middle. The moth has a wingspan of about 4 cms. The species occurs in the northern half of Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 8.29, p. 349.

    Peter Hendry,
    Mt Glorious- Saturday 28th November 2009,
    Metamorphosis Australia Issue 56 (March 2010), pp. 32-33,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 135.


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    (updated 6 November 2010)