Alucita phricodes Meyrick, 1886
ALUCITIDAE ,   ALUCITOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley

Alucita phricodes
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is red, and is reported to feed on the flowers and flower buds of:

  • Bower Vine ( Pandorea jasminoides ) , and
  • Wonga Wonga Vine ( Pandorea pandorana ),

    both of the family: BIGNONIACEAE.

    It goes walk-about in order to pupate. The pupa is enclosed in a thin cocoon.

    Alucita phricodes

    The adult moth has each wing divided into six fronds, each of which has brown and white patches along its length. The hindwings are rather paler than the forewings. It normally rests with its wings outstretched, like many of the GEOMETRIDAE. It has a peculiar habit of running when disturbed with its wings outstretched, and only flying away as a last resort.

    Alucita phricodes
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm. It occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 30.12, p. 327.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On the classification of the Pterophoridae,
    Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
    1886, pp. 20-21.

    Buck Richardson,
    Mothology,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2008, p. 12.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 122.


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    (updated 29 April 2013, 9 March 2015)