- This page contains pictures and information about Pyralid Moths that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- Pyralidae is a very large Moths family. Moths in this family usually rest with wings in triangular shape and put the first
pair of long legs in front, the two antennae pass top of their head and pointed backwards. They
are from small to medium in size and have relatively long legs.
- Pyralid caterpillars have many different types of habits. Most are
concealed leaf-feeder, living in shelter of leaves tied with silks, in silken webs or in leaf
cases jointed by silk. Some bore in stems or fruits while some live in plant
materials on ground or in soil.
- Moths in this subfamily may be confused with those in family Noctuidae.
They have tufts of raised scales on fore wings. They may be in grey of
brown, or greenish lichen-like patterns. They usually rest on tree trunk
during the day. Caterpillars live among leaves webbed together with silk.
- Bird-dropping Pyralid Moth
- Orthaga seminivea,
- Pictures taken outside our house during mid summer. This is a rainforest
species. This moth is black and
white in colours, mimics
bird-dropping. The Caterpillars live in a shelter of host plant leaves joined by silk.
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Colourful Pyralid Caterpillar
- Salma pyrastis,
subfamily Epipaschiinae, length 30mm
- Caterpillar pictures were taken in Karawatha Forest during mid summer
2005. The moth is brown in colour with yellow patterns on hind wings. In the
second photo, the caterpillar was running very fast that we could not even
take a better photo before it climbed to the tree top. Please check
this page for more
Reddish-brown Pyralid Moth
- Endotricha ignealis,
body length 20mm
- This is a reddish-brown moth. Picture taken on Sep 2005. Please check
this page for more information.
- 1. Moths
- family Pyralidae - lifeunseen.com by Nick Monaghan.
- 2. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007,
- 3. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press, 1990,
- 4. PYRALIDAE in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley.
- 5. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
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