Nanaguna breviuscula Walker, 1863
Pigeonpea Pod Borer
(also known as Etanna breviuscula)
SARROTHRIPINAE,   NOLIDAE,   NOCTUOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nanaguna breviuscula
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this moth have been found feeding on :

  • Bushman's Clothes Pegs ( Grevillea glauca, PROTEACEAE ),
  • Tick Trefoil ( Desmodium species, FABACEAE ), and
  • the flowers of Mango ( Mangifera indicans, ANACARDIACEAE ).


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

    The adult moth is buff and grey, with dark brown patches on each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species occurs from India to Samoa, including:

  • American Samoa,
  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • New Guinea,
  • Taiwan,

    and also in Australia in

  • the north of Western Australia,
  • the Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 48.13, p. 459.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 172.

    Francis Walker,
    Crambites & Tortricites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 27 (1863), p. 85, No. 1.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, fig. 48.13, p. 186.


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    (updated 29 August 2013, 21 October 2014)