Titanoceros thermoptera (Lower, 1903)
(previously known as Jocara thermoptera)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Titanoceros thermoptera
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

This Caterpillar is oophagous. It feeds on the eggs of other moths, such as those of Ochrogaster lunifer.

The adult moth is brown, with reddish and greenish patches on the forewings, although the hues fade to brown in dead specimens. The hindwings are yellow with brown wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 31.16, pp. 48, 71, 348.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of New Australian Noctuina, etc.,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 27 (1903), p. 59.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 188.


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    (created 19 January 2012)