Stericta orchidivora (Turner, 1904)
(formerly known as Orthaga orchidivora)
EPIPASCHIINAE,   PYRALIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Stericta orchidivora
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The Catrerpillars of this species have been found eating the pseudo-bulbs of

  • Australian Native Orchids ( ORCHIDACEAE ).

    The adult moth has a complex pattern of green and shades of brown on the forewings, including dark areas at the wingtips and tornuses. The green appears to fade in old dead specimens. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in :

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 187.

    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. 199.


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    (written 22 May 2016)