Mourning Pyralid Moth
Almella Frass Moth
|Class:||Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)|
|Order:||Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)|
|Family:||Grass Moth (:Pyraloidea Pyralidae)|
|Species:||Almella Frass Moth (Ctenomeristis almella)|
General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
~10mm long & ~23mm wingspan.
The lines are often very "broken" or patchy making id difficult as the missing areas of line are not diagnostic. It has very short upturned palps. The front of the main lines towards the head & middle of the wing can be turned up in tufts as shown here.
The antennae are uni-pectinate, but we can't find out if they are the same for both genders or just males.
The hindwings are pale yellow from under, but we couldn't get a top shot of the hindwings which are plain with a simple line running along the trailing edge.
One specimen found in late November.