Euclasta maceratalis Lederer, 1863
PYRAUSTINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Euclasta maceratalis
(Specimen: courtesy of Alan Fletcher Research Station Sherwood)

This Caterpillar feeds on :

  • Bright Rubber Vine ( Gymnanthera nitida, APOCYNACEAE ), as well as
  • Australian Rubber Vine ( Gymnanthera oblonga, ASCLEPIADACEAE ).

    The adult moth has forewings that are brown, each with a broad white stripe from base to termen which contains two black dots on the leading side. The hindwings are a silky white, with a brown margin and costa. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Euclasta maceratalis
    drawing by Julius Lederer, llisted as Euclasta maceratalis,

    Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Pyralidinen, Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift,
    Volume 7, Part 11 (1863), Taf. 15, Fig. 11,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The species has been found in

  • Pakistan,

    and across the northern half of Australia in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9, fig. 29, p. 356.

    Julius Lederer,
    Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Pyralidinen,
    Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift,
    Volume 7, Part 11 (1863), p. 423, and also Taf. 15, Fig. 11.


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    (updated 28 December 2009)