(formerly known as Scoparia aphrodes)
SCOPARIINI, SCOPARIINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Mapleton, Queensland)
The adult moths of this species are white with a complex black pattern on each forewing, including an incomplete broad black bar from costa across to the middle of the wing. The bar is surrounded by a two wiggly diagonal white bars forming a vague white 'V' shape, with the vertex on the hind margin and the tips on the costa. This makes a white 'X' shape with the 'V' on the other wing when the moth is in its natural posture has its wings closed over its body.
These distinguish this species from the similar Scoparia exhibitalis.
The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been caught in
Further reading :
Descriptions of New Zealand Micro-Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the New Zealand Institute,
Volume 17, 1885, pp. 75-76.
(updated 17 November 2010, 28 February 2017, 27 December 2020)