Jordan's Fruit Piercing Moth
(previously known as Ophideres jordani)
CALPINAE, NOCTUIDAE, NOCTUOIDEA
Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art
The Caterpillars of this species feed on:
The male moths of this species have brown forewings with a subtle pattern, and bright orange hindwings that have broad black margins and a large black spot in the middle. The wings have scalloped margins, and the forewings have a concave inner margin. The abdomen is orange. The wingspan is about 7 cms.
The females are similar except they have a broad yellow diagonal band across each forwing.
The adult moths are a commercial pest: damaging fruit by piercing the skin to suck juice.
Control of the moths may be possible using:
The moth has been found in
and in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 20.4, p. 449.
William Jacob Holland,
The Lepidoptera of Buru: Part II: Heterocera,
Volume 7 (1900) p. 570, No. 257.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 137.
(updated 17 October 2011)