(one synonym : Megaphysa quadratalis Walker, 1866)
SPILOMELINAE, CRAMBIDAE, PYRALOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The Caterpillars of this species have been found boring into seed pods and stems of:
The adult moth has pale brown forewings, each with vague dark transverse bands. The hindwings are pale brown with darker margins. The margins of all the wings have wavy edges. The abdomen has lateral flanges on the last few segments. In its resting posture, the moth curves it abdomen up in the air. The wingspan is about 4 cms.
The pheromones of this species have been determined.
The species occurs across the Indian and south Pacific Oceans, including:
as well as in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9.41, p. 358.
Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift,
Volume 7, Part 11 (1863), p. 408, No. 106.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 50.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 135.
(updated 19 March 2012, 24 November 2014)