Endotricha pyrosalis (Guenée, 1854)
(one synonym : Messatis sabirusalis Walker, 1859)
ENDOTRICHINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley

Endotricha pyrosalis
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

The adults of this species have forewings that are half orange and half red. Their hindwings are also pale orange with a red rear margin. Underneath they are brown with a broad dark margin.

Endotricha pyrosalis
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Victoria)

The moths rest naturally in a flat triangular pose, with the head lifted high and the tail low, like a delta-wing aircraft about to take off. They have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

Endotricha pyrosalis
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This species has been found in:

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

    Endotricha pyrosalis
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 219-220, No. 181.


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    (updated 29 October 2012, 24 October 2014)