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  Webworm (Hednota bivittella)





Webworm | Hednota bivittella photo
Hednota bivittella

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WEBWORM FACTS

Identification
Hednota bivittella is a moth from the family Crambidae. The forewings are brown with two broad white bands running along the length of each wing. The outer margin of the wing has a pale fringe. The hindwings are pale brown, fringed with a paler margin. The moth has relatively large eyes and long antennae. The caterpillar is known as Webworm and grow to about 15 mm long. The adult moths are most active at night and rest amongst grass during the day.

Size
length about 1cm, with wingspan about 2cm

Habitat
grassland, pasture

Food
Webworm caterpillars bore into the stems of grass plants.

Breeding
The eggs are laid in grass and hatch into caterpillars which feed on the grass plants

Range
Hednota bivittella is found in Australia, including Tasmania



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

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