Hakea Seed Moth
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
This Caterpillar feeds on the seeds of various PROTEACEAE, including:
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
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.
Revision of Australian Tortricina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 35 (1910), p. 149, No. 11.
(updated 28 February 2008, 29 March 2017, 1 June 2019, 27 October 2020)