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Australian Pyralid Moths



FAMILY : Pyralid Moths

Lesser wax moth
(Achroia grisella)
Lesser wax moth
The Lesser wax moth is a pest species of moth that is established in Australia. It is a dull brown moth with slight copper tinge on the wings. They originated in Europe and are now found all over the world except in coldest climates. It is believe... Click to continue>
Carob Moth
(Apomyelois ceratoniae)
Carob Moth
The Carob Moth is a drab grey moth mottled with white. It has a ridge of raised scales on the forewing close to the base. The caterpillars are white Click to continue>
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(Cardamyla carinentalis)
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Cardamyla carinentalis is a moth found in and around rainforest. The forewings are black and white, and the hindwings are orange with a black spot in the centre and a black border. The moths in the southern part of the range have orange hindwings... Click to continue>
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(Cardamyla didymalis)
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Cardamyla didymalis is a medium sized black and white moth. The wings are edged with evenly spaced black square spots. The head is orange. The abdomen has black and white bands with some orange along the sides. Click to continue>
Sorghum Head Moth
(Cryptoblabes adoceta)
Sorghum Head Moth
The adult Sorghum Head Moth is grey marbled with reddish brown with a pale band across the middle of the forewings, and a less distinct pale band near the end of the forewings. The legs are long and sturdy in proportion to the body. Click to continue>
Almella Frass Moth
(Ctenomeristis almella)
Almella Frass Moth
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... Click to continue>
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(Endotricha pyrosalis)
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Endotricha pyrosalis is a brightly coloured small moth. The forewings that are half golden orange and half maroon red. The hindwings are pale orange with a reddish rear margin. The moths rest in a triangular pose, with the head raised and the tail... Click to continue>
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(Endotricha sp1)
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This Endotricha is a small purple and brown coloured moth. The forewings are brownish, and the hindwings are purple. All wings have a border of purple and black like a ribbon round the trailing edge. Click to continue>
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(Endotricha sp2)
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This Endotricha species is a small reddish brown moth. The forewings have a creamy white band across the centre. At rest, they have an unusual pose with head up and tail curved upwards and wings held almost vertical against the surface. It looks... Click to continue>
Mediterranean Flour Moth
(Ephestia kuehniella)
Mediterranean Flour Moth
The Mediterranean Flour Moth is a light brown moth with indistinct wavy dark bars across the wings. The hind wings have a fringe of scales on the trailing edge of each wing. The larva is a white caterpillar with a brown head. Click to continue>
Tobacco Moth
(Ephestia elutella)
Tobacco Moth
The Tobacco Moth is an introduced pest species of moth. The adult moth has brownish grey forewings crossed with two light bands. The hindwings are paler and plain grey. The caterpillar is dark to start with, becoming yellow with a dark line down its... Click to continue>
Lima Bean Pod Borer
(Etiella zinckenella)
Lima Bean Pod Borer
The adult Lima Bean Pod Borer moth is brown with a yellow band across the wings, and yellowish leading edge to each forewing. Click to continue>
Lucerne Seed Web Moth
(Etiella behrii)
Lucerne Seed Web Moth
Lucerne Seed Web Moths are small grey brown moths with a pale stripe along the leading edge of each forewing. There is an orange brown band across each forewing about a third of the way along. The hindwings are whitish grey. When at rest the wings... Click to continue>
Greater Wax Moth
(Galleria mellonella)
Greater Wax Moth
The Greater Wax Moth or Honeycomb Moth is a pest species in beehives. The adult moth is generally brown with pattern of light brown and darker brown markings. The Caterpillars are a pale yellow brown with a brown head. The Caterpillars make white... Click to continue>
Webworm
(Herpetogramma sp)
Webworm
This is a species from the Herpetogramma genus (it looks similar to Herpetogramma licarsisalis). The adult has fawn wings with indistinct darker zigzag markings. It sits with its wings flat, and half open. Caterpillar are light green, becoming... Click to continue>
Teatree Web Moth
(Orthaga thyrisalis)
Teatree Web Moth
The Teatree Web Moth is a brownish moth belonging to the Pyralidae family. This moth is a garden pest and feeds on plants such as Teatree (Leptospermum) shrubs and trees. The forewings are darker near the body with paler brown outer half, and are... Click to continue>
Indian Meal Moth
(Plodia interpunctella)
Indian Meal Moth
The Indian Meal Moth is a small brown moth that is often a pest in stored food. Once established in can be hard to get rid of as it breeds indoors. When at rest the wings are folded together tightly by the body. The front half of the wings is a pale... Click to continue>
Meal Moth
(Pyralis farinalis)
Meal Moth
The adult Meal Moth is a brownish moth. The forewings are dark with light brown or olive brown central area. The light and dark areas of the forewings are separated by thin white curved lines. The eyes are green. The hindwings have similar pattern,... Click to continue>


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