Bucculatrix gossypii Turner, 1926
Cotton Leaf Perforator
BUCCULATRICIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(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 thoracic segment. They feed on the foliage of :

  • Cotton ( Gossypium hirsutum, MALVACEAE ),

    initially mining the leaves, then later eating holes in the leaves.

    The adult moths are pale brown darkening toward the wing apices, 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 species has been found in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 192.


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    (updated 22 July 2010)