Glyphodes microta Meyrick, 1889
(also known as Margaronia microta)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Glyphodes microta
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)

This Caterpillar have been found feeding on several species in APOCYNACEAE including:

  • in a web on the flower heads of Gargaloo ( Parsonsia eucalyptophylla ), and
  • inside the leaves of Waxflower ( Hoya australis ).

    The moth is brown with a bold white pattern. The moth has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

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

    The species may be found from east coast to west coast across the middle of Australia, including

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    P.I. Forster,
    Hoya australis subsp. sanae (Bailey) K. Hill (ASCLEPIADACEAE) as a host plant for Margaronia microta Meyrick (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae),
    The Australian Entomologist,
    Volume 17, Part 2 (June, 1990), pp. 43-44.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Additional Australian Pyralidina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 4, Part 4 (1890), p. 1108.

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


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    (updated 28 December 2009, 27 January 2013)