Hyalobathra brevialis (Walker, 1859)
(previously known as Pionea brevialis)
PYRAUSTINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hyalobathra brevialis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult moths have wings that are are pale brown with a dark area bounded by jagged indistinct lines across each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

Hyalobathra brevialis
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species is found across south-east Asia, including:

  • China,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    This species needs to assigned to a new genus as it differs in basic structure from the type species Hylobathra archeleuca.


    Further reading

    Hari Sutrisno and Marianne Horak,
    Revision of the Australian species of Hyalobathra Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Pyraloidea: Crambidae: Pyraustinae) based on adult morphology and with description of a new species,
    Australian Journal of Entomology,
    Volume 42, Issue 3 (August 2003), pp 233248.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 18 (1859), p. 759, No. 16.


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    (updated 23 January 2013)