Tirathaba parasiticus (T.P. Lucas, 1898)
(formerly known as Melissoblaptes parasiticus)
GALLERIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tirathaba parasiticus
drawing by George Hampson, listed as Harpagomorpha hepialivora
,
Mémoires sur les lépidoptères / rédigés par N.M. Romanoff, Volume 8 (1901), Plate LIII, fig. 19,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

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

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Descriptions of Queensland Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 13 (1898), p. 85, and also Plate 53, fig. 19.


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    (written 1 December 2015)