(one synonym : Botys hypsidesalis Walker, 1859)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley
In captivity, these Caterpillars have been raised on the dead leaves of Gum trees. They probably live in the ground litter in schlerophyll woodlands.
The adult moth is brown with white bars and dark zizzag lines on the forewings. It has a shiny purplish iridescence. It has a wingspan of about 1 cm. This is quite a variable species, and the genus is in need of taxonomic revision, so it may eventually be renamed.
As may be seen on the above photograph, the moths of the genus Nacoleia are unusual in having a bend in the antennae.
The species occurs in :
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 34.2, p. 357.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 19 (1859), p. 933.
(updated 13 September 2011)