Parotis suralis (Lederer, 1863)
(one synonym : Margaronia woodfordii Butler, 1885)
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley

Parotis suralis
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult moth of this species has wings that are a uniform green colour, except for irregular brown wing margins, a brown dot in the middle of each wing, and a prominent tuft of brown hairs at the end of the abdomen. In this way it differs from the other green Pyralids in the genus Arthroschista which have a darker green blotch on each forewing (see for example Arthroschista hilaralis).

Parotis suralis

The species is found around the west Pacific rim, including :

  • Chagos Islands,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Japan,
  • Kiribati,
  • New Guinea,
  • Tuvalu,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Parotis suralis
    Tuvalu, 1980


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 9.22, p. 358.

    Julius Lederer,
    Beitrag zur Kenntnis der Pyralidinen,
    Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift,
    Volume 7, Part 11 (1863), p. 405, and also Plate 14, fig. 9.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 45.


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    (updated 29 April 2011)