(one synonym : Messatis sabirusalis Walker, 1859)
ENDOTRICHINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)
The adults of this species have forewings that are half orange and half red, with a crimson along the margins. Their hindwings are also pale orange with a red rear margin. Underneath they are brown with a broad dark margin. The costa of each forewing has a slight basal bulge, unlike Endotricha ignealis.
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.
This species has been found in:
Further reading :
Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
in Boisduval & Guenée: Histoire Naturelle des Insectes; Spécies Général des Lépidoptères,
Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 219-220, No. 181.
(updated 29 October 2012, 15 June 2019, 3 January 2021)