Brachybelistis pentachroa (Lower, 1901)
(previously known as Xylorycta pentachroa)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Brachybelistis pentachroa
female
photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

The adult female moths of this species have pale forewings, each with several irregular small brown rings in the middle. Their hindwings are off-white with broad dark margins. The males have brown forewings, with irregular black rings. The hindwings of the males are yellow with broad black margins. The wingspan is about 4 cms.

Brachybelistis pentachroa
male
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The species occurs in Australia, having been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 217.

    Ian McMillan,
    Brachybelistis, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Monday, October 11, 2010.


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    (updated 1 June 2012, 11 November 2014)