Orthaga seminivea (Warren, 1895)
(one synonym : Stericta chionopa Lower, 1896)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Orthaga seminivea
(Photo: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The Caterpillars of this moth live in a shelter of foodplant leaves joined together by silk. They were found in Sydney on a :

  • Cheese Tree ( Glochidion ferdinandi , PHYLLANTHACEAE ).

    Orthaga seminivea
    (Photo: courtesy of Jim Foster, taken at Malanda, Queensland)

    The adult is white, with a striking dark brown pattern. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    Orthaga seminivea
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    It is found in the northern half of Australia, including:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 31.14, p. 348.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 187.

    William Warren,
    New Genera and Species of Pyralidae, Thyrididae, and Epiplemidae,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    6th Series, Part 16 (1895), pp. 463-464.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 127.


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    (updated 20 December 2010, 22 January 2015)