Carposina autologa Meyrick, 1910
CARPOSINIDAE ,   COPROMORPHOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar feeds on the seeds of various PROTEACEAE, including:

  • Yellow Needlebush ( Hakea nodosa ), and
  • Silky Needlebush ( Hakea sericea ).

    The adult moth has pale brown forewings, with variable darker brown markings including a dark brown stripe along the costa. The hindwings are plain white. The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    The species has been imported into South Africa in an attempt to control weed infestations of Hakea sericea.

    The species occurs naturally in

  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 318.

    Anthony John Gordon,
    The biological control of Hakea sericea Schrader by the Hakea seed-moth, Carposina autologa Meyrick, in South Africa,
    Ph. D. Thesis (1993), Rhodes University, Faculty of Science, Zoology and Entomology.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Tortricina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 35 (1910), p. 149, No. 11.


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    (updated 28 February 2008, 6 November 2014)