Salma ebenina (Turner, 1904)
(previously known as Macalla ebenina)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The caterpillars of this species live in a group in a shelter of leaves joined with silk. They feed on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has forewings that have a complex pattern of shades of brown, and have chequered fringes. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    This species is found inland, in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Fig. 31.13, p. 348.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    A Preliminary Revision of the Australian Thyrididae and Pyralidae. Part I,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 18 (1904), p. 197.


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    (updated 10 November 2008, 30 June 2015)