Cotton Leaf Perforator
BUCCULATRICIDAE , GRACILLARIOIDEA
(Photo: C. Mares, CSIRO Entomology,
courtesy of D. Larsen, G. Fitt and L. Wilson, Australian Cotton Cooperative Research Centre)
These caterpillars are white with a black head, and a pair of black dots on each segment of the thorax. They feed on the foliage of :
initially mining the leaves, then later eating holes in the leaves.
The adult moths are pale brown darkening toward the wingtips, with several brown dots on each forewing. There are long dense hairs along each wing inner margin. The abdomen is banded in brown and white. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
The species has been found in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 192.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 50 (1926), p. 150.
(updated 22 July 2010)