Addaea polyphoralis (Walker, 1866)
(previously known as Pyralis polygraphalis)
SICULODINAE ,   THYRIDIDAE ,   THYRIDOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Addaea polyphoralis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species live in communal silk nests between joined leaves covered in frass. They have been found feeding on the foliage of:

  • Ironwood ( Diospyros ferrea, EBENACEAE ).

    The adult moths have alternating broad brown and white bands on the wings. The forewings each have a convex bulge on the costa, and a concave section of the margin, giving a hooked wingtip.

    The species is found in south-east Asia, including:

  • Borneo,
  • Japan,
  • New Guinea,
  • Taiwan,

    and in eastern Australia, including :

  • Queensland.

    Walker originally described this species in Part 34 of his descriptions of British Museum specimens, giving it the same name as another species he had described which is now called Calindoea polygraphalis. In the next issue, Part 35, he corrected this giving it a new and different name.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, Figs. 31.5, 53.7, p. 342.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 209.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera (polygraphalis),
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), p. 1245.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera (polyphoralis),
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1977.


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    (written 23 July 2015)