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  Almella Frass Moth (Ctenomeristis almella)





Almella Frass Moth | Ctenomeristis almella photo
Ctenomeristis almella, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory

Image by Donald Hobern - Some rights reserved.    (view image details)



ALMELLA FRASS MOTH FACTS

Identification
The adult Almella Frass Moth is a silvery grey or brown moth with understated pattern of black and dark brown wavy lines on the forewings. The hindwings are plain. It rests with its wings folded on top of each other along the abdomen. The caterpillar grows to 2cm in length, and is green and becoming brown as it matures. The caterpillar shelters on the food plant in a retreat made of silk and droppings. It also pupates in its shelter.

Size
wingspan about 3cm

Food
feeds on the Native Cherry (Exocarpus cupressiformis)

Range
found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, Tasmania and South Australia



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pyralidae
Genus:Ctenomeristis
Species:almella
Common Name:Almella Frass Moth