Endotricha mesenterialis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Endotricha eoidalis Snellen, 1895)
ENDOTRICHINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Endotricha mesenterialis

The adult moth of this species is brownish-purple, with a pale band across each wing. It has a wing span of about 1 cm.


'concord' posture
(Photo: courtesy of John Stumm)

The moth often adopts a curious posture with the head and thorax lifted, the wings held down, and the tail curved up, so that it looks rather like a tiny Concord aircraft.


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

It occurs in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of John Stumm)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 32.2, p. 349.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 186.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), p. 285, No. 1.


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    (updated 29 October 2012)

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