Mimaglossa nauplialis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Acrobasis subcultella Walker, 1869)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Mimaglossa nauplialis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are brown with various blackish and reddish markings.

Mimaglossa nauplialis
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The hindwings are plain off-white, darkening toward the costas, and with a faint row of dark spots around the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

Mimaglossa nauplialis
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species has been found in eastern Australia including :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Mimaglossa nauplialis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), p. 272, No. 28.


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    (updated 29 May 2010)