Glyphodes onychinalis (Guenée, 1854)
(one synonym : Zebronia braurealis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Todd Burrows, South Stradbroke Island, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on :

  • Oleander ( Nerium oleander, APOCYNACEAE ), and
  • Swan Plant ( Gomphocarpus fruticosus, ASCLEPIADACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The adult moths have a striking brown and white pattern. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • New Zealand,
  • Thailand,
  • USA,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland,

    but is suspected of being a group of superficially similar species.


    Further reading :

    Achille Guenée,
    Deltoïdes et Pyralites,
    in Boisduval & Guenée :
    Histoire naturelle des insectes; spécies général des lépidoptères,
    Volume 9, Part 8 (1854), p. 205, No. 158.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 39.


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    (updated 25 February 2011)