(one synonym : Nomophila australica Munroe, 1973)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Peter Marriott & Stella Crossley
(Photo: courtesy of Ted Cadwallader, Victoria)
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The young Caterpillars of this species are gregarious, living in a nest of leaves of the foodplant joined with silk. Later, they make holes in the ground lined with silk in which to live, emerging to feed at night. In captivity, they accepted leaves from plants of many families, including :
The adult moths have brown forewings, each with a specific pattern of light and dark splotches. The hindwings are pale brown, each with a variable dark band along the margin. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species has been found on
and over most of Australia including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.4, p. 357.
Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
E.W. Janson, London, 1869, pp. 73-74, No. 23.
(updated 30 January 2013, 11 August 2019)