Agrioglypta itysalis (Walker, 1859)
(one synonym : Glyphodes piepersialis Snellen, [1880])
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

The adult is white, with a striking brown pattern. It is distinguishable from Agrioglypta excelsalis by having no white margin on the wings. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

This species seems to occur exclusively in rainforest. It is one of the most frequently encountered pyralids at nocturnal ultra-violet collecting lights in the Australian wet tropical rainforest.

The species occurs in south-east Asia, including:

  • Indonesia Japan, and
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, in monsoon forest near Gove, and
  • Queensland, in rainforest sites between the Cairns district and the Iron Range on Cape York.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 31.

    Francis Walker,
    Pyralides,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 17 (1859), pp. 501-502, No. 10.


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    (updated 25 January 2013)