(previously known as Stericta pyrastis)
EPIPASCHIINAE , PYRALIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is buff coloured, with black, white, and yellow stripes along its body, and a pale brown head. The thorax is black with white spots. The body is covered sparsely in short stiff white hairs. It lives and pupates communally in a silken web of leaves and frass on its foodplant. It feeds on :
and grows to a length of about 3 cms.
The adult has brown forewings and yellow hind wings. The forewing has a dark tip, and the hind wings have a black scalloped border. It has a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species is found in eastern Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 8.23, p. 348.
On Pyralidina from Australia and the South Pacific,
Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
1887, pp. 190-191.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 187.
(updated 20 April 2010, 8 October 2013)