(formerly known as Anerastria rhodoneura)
Buffel Grass Seed Caterpillar
GALLERIINAE, PYRALIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
The Caterpillars of this species live in a silk web around the heads of their foodplant. They have been found feeding on the seeds of various grasses, (POACEAE) including:
The caterpillar pupates in a silky cocoon in its web.
The adult moth is white with a rusty brown suffusion on the costa and wingtip of each wing. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in :
Further reading :
P.T. Bailey (Ed.),
Pests of Field Crops and Pastures: Identification and Control,
Csiro Publishing (2007), p. 361.
A. Jefferis Turner,
A Preliminary Revision of the Australian Thyrididae and Pyralidae. II,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 19 (1905), p. 43.
(written 4 December 2014, updated 25 February 2017)