- This page contains pictures and information about Crambid Moths that we
found in the Brisbane area, Queensland, Australia.
Family PYRALIDAE was recently split into CRAMBIDAE and PYRALIDAE. In general,
Moths in this two families 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
are small to medium in size and have relatively long legs.
- Pyralid caterpillars have many different types of habits. Most are
concealed feeder, living in lives tied with silk, 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.
Crambid Caterpillars feed on leaves of grass or sedges.
- Tree Lucerne Moth
- Uresiphita ornithopteralis, subfamily
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.
- Yellow-Brown Crambid Moth
- Agrotera basinotata, subfamily Pyraustinae, wingspan 30mm
- This is a small but colour 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.
- 1. Agrotera basinotata Hampson, 1891
- Australia Caterpillar, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,
- Sod Webworm, Grass Caterpillar
- Herpetogramma licarsisalis, subfamily Pyraustinae, wingspan 15mm
- This small moth is very common in Brisbane home backyards. The moth is pale
brown in colour with brown spots in its wings. We can easily find them
on plants every summer night. They are seen sometimes in winter. Their
larvae are commonly known as Sod Webworm or Grass Caterpillar. They
are grass-green to dark brown in colour. They are also commonly found on window
- Brown-yellow Crambid Moth
- Nacoleia mesochlora, subfamily Pyraustinae, wingspan 15mm
- Picture taken on the wall outside our house, Dec 2000.
- 1. Nacoleia
(Meyrick, 1884) - Australia Caterpillar, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,
- Brown-white Crambid Moth
- Glyphodes microta, subfamily Pyraustinae, wingspan 15mm
- The moth is brown with bold white patterns on wings.
- 1. Images of
Glyphodes microta - All Leps, Barcode of life.
- Beet Webworm
- Spoladea recurvalis, subfamily Pyraustinae, wingspan
- The moth is brown with two incomplete white stripes on forewings and the
complete white stripes across hindwings.
- 1. Images
of Spoladea recurvalis -
- All Leps, Barcode of life.
- Yellow-red Crambid Moth
- Conogethes haemactalis, subfamily Pyraustinae, body length 12mm
- Picture taken on Sep 2005.
- 1. Moths
of Australia - I. F. B. Common, Melbourne University Press,
1990, Plate 9.12.
- 2. Conogethes
haemactalis - Australia Caterpillar, by Don Herbison-Evans & Stella Crossley,
- Crambin Moth
- Mesolia sp. subfamily Crambinae
- 1. A Guide to Australian Moths - Paul Zborowski, Ted Edwards, CSIRO PUBLISHING, 2007,
- 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 ).
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