Paralipsa gularis (Zeller, 1877)
Stored Nut Moth
(one synonym : Paralipsa modesta Butler, 1879)
GALLERIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


female
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this moth are pale brown with a dark brown head. The caterpillars are a world-wide pest on stored nuts.


male
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moths of this species are dimorphic. The females have grey or brown forewings with a large dark spot. The males are similar but have a smaller spot, and they also have a zig-zag black-edged orange mark near each forewing inner margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found across the world, including :

  • Canada,
  • Finland, and
  • Japan.

    The species has been introduced into Australia by accident, and now occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Exotische Microlepidopteren,
    Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae,
    Volume 13 (1877), pp. 74-76.


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    (updated 18 October 2003, 9 March 2017)