Cirrhochrista caconalis Swinhoe, 1900
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


pale form
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moths of this species are white, with four brown lines across each forewing, the central pair of which form a cross on each wing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


dark form
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

A dark form also occurs, which has some of the white areas darkened.

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland.


    male, drawing by Charles Swinhoe
    ,
    Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Noctuina, Geometrina and Pyralidina, Part 2 (1900), Plate VI, fig. 28,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by University of California Libraries.


    Further reading

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 34.

    Charles Swinhoe,
    Noctuina, Geometrina and Pyralidina,
    Catalogue of Eastern and Australian Lepidoptera Heterocera in the Collection of the Oxford University Museum,
    Clarendon Press, Part 2 (1900), pp. 420-421, No. 3162, and also Plate 6, fig. 28.


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    (updated 19 January 2012)