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  Pasture Webworm (Hednota longipalpella)





Pasture Webworm | Hednota longipalpella photo
Pasture Webworm

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PASTURE WEBWORM FACTS

Identification
Hednota longipalpella is a moth from the family Crambidae. The forewings are brown with narrow bands across each wing like left and right brackets. The far edge of the wing is fringed with paler scales. hindwings are pale brown, fringed with a paler margin. The moth has relatively large eyes and long antennae. The caterpillar is known as Pasture Webworm and is brownish and grows to about 15 mm long.

Size
length about 1cm, with wingspan about 2cm

Habitat
grassland, pasture

Food
Pasture webworm caterpillars feed on various species of grass plants including pasture grasses

Breeding
The eggs are laid in grass and hatch into caterpillars which feed on the grass plants. The pupae are about 12 mm long and are pale yellow to start with before turning brown.

Range
Hednota longipalpella is found in many parts of Australia including New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia and Western Australia.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Crambidae
Genus:Hednota
Species:longipalpella
Common Name:Pasture Webworm

Relatives in same Genus
  Webworm (H. bivittella)
  Webworm (H. pleniferellus)
  Pasture Webworm (H. relatalis)