Faveria tritalis (Walker, 1863)
Couchgrass Webworm
(previously : Hypochalcia tritalis)
PHYCITINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Faveria tritalis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The caterpillar of this species lives in a silk shelter incorporating leaves of its foodplant. The caterpillar feeds on various grasses ( POACEAE ), including:

  • Couch Grass ( Cynodon dactylon ).

    The moth has forewings with a fawn pattern. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Crambites & Tortricites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), pp. 47-48, No. 21.


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    (updated 24 June 2010)