Talanga tolumnialis (Walker, 1859)
Figleaf Moth
(previously known as Leucochroma tolumnialis)
SPILOMELINAE ,   CRAMBIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


The Caterpillars of this moth feed on the young leaves and shoots, and are a pest on:

  • cultivated Figs ( Ficus, MORACEAE ).

    In the wild they attack the native figs.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The moth has a dominant pattern on the wings of yellow and white triangles, with two dark red triangles projecting back from the leading edge of each forewing containing iridescent blue highlights. The hindwings also each have two pairs of black spots at tornus. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    It is found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate 9.26, p. 358.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 50.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 19 (1859), pp. 492-493.


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    (updated 23 August 2004, 2 February 2013, 3 April 2015)