Agathiphaga queenslandensis Dumbleton, 1952
AGATHIPHAGIDAE ,   AGATHIPHAGOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species are yellow with brown mouthparts, and no legs. The caterpillars have been found feeding in the seeds in the cones of

  • Queensland Kauri ( Agathis robusta, ARAUCARIACEAE ).

    The caterpillars grow to a length of about 5 mms. The caterpillars pupate in the seed capsule.

    The adult moths have blotchy brown forewings. The hindwings are pale brown with darker wingtips. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Lionel Jack Dumbleton,
    A new genus of seed-infesting micropterygid moths,
    Pacific Science,
    Volume 6 (1952), p. 23.


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    (written 27 March 2017)