Scoparia exhibitalis Walker, 1866
SCOPARIINI ,   SCOPARIINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Scoparia exhibitalis
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have a bold black and white pattern on each forewing.

Scoparia exhibitalis
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

This pattern includes a broad black bar with wiggly indistinct edges across the middle of each forewing from costa to the inner margin. This bar contains a white spot which in some specimens is fused with basally adjacent white area. These features distinguish this species from the similar Eudonia aphrodes.

Scoparia exhibitalis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Scoparia exhibitalis
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell National Park, Victoria)

The species has been caught in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.

    Scoparia exhibitalis
    underside
    (Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, at Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), pp. 1500-1501.


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    (written 30 January 2017, updated 17 February 2017)