Scenedra decoratalis (Walker, [1866])
(one synonym : Pyralis contentalis)
PYRALINI ,   PYRALINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley


The moths of this species are brown with a complex variable wing pattern, some specimens being dark, some pale. They have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The natural posture is with the head and tail tip curved up, and the wings bent down at an anhedral angle.


mating pair
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Solomons, Bateau Bay, New South Wales))

The species is found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement part 4 (1865), p. 1242.


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    (updated 10 September 2011)