Metasia spilocrossa (Turner, 1913)
(previously known as Sylepta spilocrossa)
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Metasia spilocrossa
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Lamington National Park, Queensland)

The adult moth has lightly speckled grey-brown wings, each with several incomplete zigzag dark transverse lines. The forewings each have four small dark cirdles along the costa, and all four wings have dark dashes along the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Metasia spilocrossa
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in:

  • Western Australia
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera, Pyralidae,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 24 (1913), p. 148.


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    (written 13 June 2019)