(formerly known as Melissoblaptes parasiticus)
GALLERIINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
This Caterpillar is carnivorous, and is an internal parasitoid of other caterpillars such as Cryptophaga species.
The adult moths are brown forewings each with two faint roundish marks, and with a dark area near the base. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 3.5 cms.
The species is found in Australia in
Further reading :
Thomas P. Lucas,
Descriptions of Queensland Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 13 (1898), p. 85,.
George F. Hampson,
in Émile Louis Ragonot :
Monographie des Galleriinae,
in Nicholas Mikhailovitch Romanoff : Mémoires sur les Lépidoptères,
Volume 8 (1901), p. 441, and also Plate 53, fig. 19.
(written 1 December 2015, updated 30 August 2019, 5 January 2021)