Symmoracma minoralis (Snellen, 1880)
(previously known as Auxomitia minoralis)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The adult moth of this species is a boring grey-brown colour, with some vague pale markings on the forewings, and plain pale hindwings. Its wingspan is about 2 cms. The claim to fame of this species is that the males make noises. They chirp in the ultrasonic range 40 - 120Khz, using an expandable organ at the tip of the abdomen.


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

The species occurs in south-east Asia, including:

  • Hong Kong,
  • Sulawesi,
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Pieter Cornelius Tobias Snellen,
    Nieuwe Pyraliden op Celebes gevonden,
    Tijdschrift voor Entomologie,
    Volume 23 (1880), p. 222-223, No. 26.


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    (written 24 May 2012, updated 2 February 2013, 25 March 2015)