Stericta concisella (Walker, 1866)
(previously known as Matalia concisella)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Stericta concisella
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is brown with pale bands between segments, and a mottled brown head. It lives in a nest of dead leaves held together with silk on its food plant. It has been found in Sydney and in Byron Bay on:

  • Camphor Laurel ( Cinnamomum camphora, LAURACEAE ).

    It grows to a length of about 2 cms.

    Stericta concisella
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The moth has a complex grey or brown pattern on the forewings and pale brown hindwings which darken toward the margins. The moth has a wing span of about 2 cms.

    Stericta concisella

    The species is found in :

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Stericta concisella


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 187.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1728.


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    (updated 21 August 2012)