Glyphodes cosmarcha Meyrick, 1887
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


The Caterpillars of this species feed on the leaves of:

  • various Fig trees ( Ficus, MORACEAE ).

    The adult moths are very pretty. The forewings are brown and orange, with white patches outlined in black. The hindwings are transparent with a brown and iridescent blue margin. The blue colour fades in dead specimens. The moths have a wingspan of about 5 cms.

    The species is found in Asia, including

  • Thailand,
  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9.3, p. 356.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 38.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On Pyralidina from Australia and the South Pacific,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1887, pp. 212-213.


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    (written 23 August 2004, updated 21 April 2013)