Niphopyralis chionesis Hampson, 1919
WURTHIINAE,   CRAMBIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species are white with a dusting of brown on the marginal half of each forewing. The wingspan is about 1.5 cm. In their resting posture, the moths elevate the posterior of the abdomen above the wings.

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

The species has been caught in :

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.

    Niphopyralis chionesis
    male, underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Ashley Bradford, Kuranda, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 33.11, p. 353.

    George F. Hampson,
    Descriptions of new Pyralidae of the subfamilies Crambinae and Siginae,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Series 9, Volume 4 (1919), p. 307, No. 3a.

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

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 135.


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    (updated 16 September 2012, 11 November 2013)