Nemophora sparsella (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym: Adela chrysolamprella Rosenstock, 1885)
ADELIDAE,   INCURVARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nemophora sparsella
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Ridgeway, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living in portable cases inside the seed capsules of

  • Kurwan ( Bursaria spinosa, PITTOSPORACEAE ).

    Nemophora sparsella
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moths have forewings that are dark metallic purple, each with a central transverse band of golden green speckles. The hindwings are pale brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.6 cms. The colours fade to brown in museum specimens. Their antennae are nearly twice as long as the wings.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 16.16, p. 165.

    Rudolph Rosenstock,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 438, No. 223.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 506, No. 24.


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    (written 25 December 2016, updated 23 August 2019)