Scirpophaga imparellus (Meyrick, 1879)
(one synonym : Scirpophaga helodes Common, 1960)
SCHOENOBIINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

The adult moths of this species have pale brown forewings, and white hindwings. The thorax loses scales easily, becoming black. The upper surface of the abdomen is white, but underneath: the abdomen has black and white bands. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


(showing underside)
(Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)

The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    (showing hindwings)
    (Photo: courtesy of Joan Fearn, Moruya, New South Wales)


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. I. Crambites,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 3, Part 3 (1879), pp. 176-177.


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    (written 22 January 2013)