Bucculatrix parthenica Bradley, 1990
Parthenia Leaf Miner
BUCCULATRICIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillar of this species was imported from its native Mexico and released in Queensland to control the pest :

  • Parthenium Weed ( Parthenium hysterophorus, ASTERACEAE ).

    The caterpillar makes a leaf-mine, eating a leaf from inside, leaving the upper and lower skin intact.

    The caterpillar pupates in a white cocoon under a leaf or stem.

    The adult moth is white and brown with a wingspan of about 5 mm.

    The species is found in its original habitat in

  • Mexico,

    and can now be found in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    John David Bradley,
    in A.S. McClay, R.E. McFadyen & J.D. Bradley:
    Biology of Bucculatrix parthenica Bradley sp. n. (Lepidoptera: Bucculatricidae)
    and its establishment in Australia as a biological control agent for Parthenium hysterophorus (Asteraceae)
    ,
    Bulletin of Entomological Research, Volume 80, Part 4 (1990), pp. 427-432.


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    (updated 30 July 2004, 28 July 2015)