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  Webworm (Hednota pleniferellus)





Webworm | Hednota pleniferellus photo
Hednota pleniferellus

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WEBWORM FACTS

Identification
Hednota pleniferellus is a Crambid moth. The forewings are white with brown markings, with a number of white markings which form brown and white striped pattern towards the rear of the wing. The far edge of the wing is fringed with paler scales. The hindwings are pale brown, fringed with a paler margin. The moth has relatively large eyes and long antennae. The caterpillar is brownish and known as Webworm.

Size
length about 1cm, with wingspan about 2cm

Habitat
grassland, pasture

Food
Webworm caterpillars feed on various species of grass plants.

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 pleniferellus is found in eastern Australia in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania.



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

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