- This page contains pictures and information about Pyralid Moths in subfamily Pyraustinae
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
- This is a large subfamily. Moths in this subfamily are usually brightly
patterned. Forewings and hind wings usually have the same patterns. When
rest, their wings are more or less spread out. The body is often slender and
with long legs. The caterpillars usually join or fold green leaves as shelters
or burrow in fruits, seed and soft stem.
- Figs Pyralid Moth
- Agrioglypta excelsalis, Spilomelini, body length 10mm
- Caterpillars of Figs Pyralid Moth feed on leaves of Sandpaper Figs Ficus stephanocarpa
and F. coronata. They may either fold the leaves or join adjacent leaves with
silks for their shelter. please check this page
for more information..
- Yellow-brown Pyralid Moth
- Agrotera basinotata, Spilomelini, body length 12mm
- This is a very colourful moth. There are the yellow and brown patterns on
wings. Body is banded with white and yellow and has a brown tip. We found it
once in Karawatha forest Apr 2009. It was resting under gum tree leaf. When
disturbed, it flied and rested under leaf about 10 meter away. Please check
this page for more information.
- Yellow-red Pyralid Moth
- Conogethes haemactalis, Spilomelini, body length 12mm
- Pictures were taken on Sep 2005. The moth is yellow in colour with dark red
patterns on body and wings. Caterpillars live in flowers, fruits and
shoots of different plants. Please visit this page
for more information.
- Gragaloo Pyralid Moth
- Glyphodes microta, Spilomelini, wingspan 15mm
- The moth is brown with bold white patterns on wings. This moth often
came to our house attracted by the window lights. The caterpillars make web
and feed on the flower heads of Gragaloo Parsonsia eucalyptophylla.
Please check this page for more
- Sod Webworm, Grass Caterpillar
- Herpetogramma licarsisalis, Spilomelini, body length 10mm
- This small moth is very common in Brisbane home backyards. The moth is pale
brown in colour with brown spots in its wings. We easily find them
on plants every summer night. They are also commonly found on window
glass. We have more information in this page.
- Brown-yellow Pyralid Moth
- Nacoleia mesochlora or N. amphicedalis, Spilomelini, wingspan
- Picture taken on the wall outside our house, Dec 2000. Caterpillars in
genus Nacoleia are leaf-roller. Please check
this page for more information.
- Beet Webworm
- Spoladea recurvalis, Spilomelini, wingspan
- The moth is brown with two incomplete white stripes on forewings and the
complete white stripes across hindwings. We have more information on this page.
- Tree Lucerne Moth
- Uresiphita ornithopteralis, Pyraustini,
caterpillar length 35mm, moth wingspan 30mm
- The caterpillar is grass green in colour, with white dots on black
patterns. It has spares hairs. Its head is reddish- brown. The moth has the
bright yellow hind wings with black border, covered by the forewings. More
information please click on here.
- 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,
p350 (CRAMBINAE ).
- 4. Northern
Territory Insects, A Comprehensive Guide CD - Graham Brown, 2009.
- 5. Pyralidae Pyraustinae - LeapFrogOz 2011.
- 6. Some
moths of PYRAUSTINAE in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,
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