Monopis chrysogramma (Lower, 1899)
(formerly known as Blabophanes chrysogramma)
TINEINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Monopis chrysogramma
(Photo: courtesy of Aila Keto, Springbrook, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species are thought to live in a silk case, and feed on animal products like hair, feathers, and droppings.

Monopis chrysogramma
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The adult moth has white forewings with extensive ragged black and yellow markings. The hindwings are yellow with dark wingtips. The moth has a bunch of raised yellow scales on the head, a brown thorax, and a yellow abdomen. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species is found in Australia, including

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate 3.11, p. 184.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 24 (1899), p. 116.


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    (written 19 October 2019)