Pyralid Moths 
Figs Pyralid Moth
Yellow-brown Pyralid Moth
Yellow-red Pyralid Moth
Gragaloo Pyralid Moth
Grass Caterpillar
Brown-yellow Pyralid Moth
Beet Webworm 
Tree Lucerne Moth 
Bird-Dropping Pyralid Moth 


Tree Lucerne Moth - Uresiphita ornithopteralis 

Family Crambidae  

This page contains pictures and information about Tree Lucerne Moths that we found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Body length 35mm 
The caterpillar is grass green in colour, with white dots on black patterns. It has spares hairs. Its head is reddish- brown. 
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This caterpillar build a tangle web around itself. We found many caterpillars on the same host plant (Hovea sp.).
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Wingspan 30mm 
We took a large caterpillar home, with some host plant leaves as its food. A few days later, the caterpillar pupated on the bottom of the container, under the plants litters. A few weeks later a brown moth came out. 
The moth has the bright yellow hind wings with black border, covered by the forewings. 
We also recorded the caterpillars of this moth attacked by Orange Braconid Wasp

1. Some moths of PYRAUSTINAE in Australia - Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley, 2011.  
2. Uresiphita ornithopteralis - Australian Moths Online, CSIRO Entomology, 2004 


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Last updated: August 18, 2011.