Pygospila tyres (Cramer, 1780)
SPILOMELINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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Bart Hacobian & Stella Crossley

Pygospila tyres
(Photo: courtesy of John Lenagan, Kuranda, Queensland)

This moth has black wings with white spots. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

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

It is a rainforest species found across tropical Africa and Asia, including :

  • India,
  • Nigeria,
  • Taiwan,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Norfolk Island.

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 31.10,31.11, p. 442.

    Pieter Cramer,
    Description de Papillons Exotiques,
    Uitlandsche kapellen voorkomende in de drie waereld-deelen,
    Amsterdam Baalde, vol. 3 (1780), p. 124, and also Plate 263, fig. C..

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 47.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 184.


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    (updated 3 November 2010, 25 April 2018)