Bondia nigella Newman, 1856
CARPOSINIDAE,   COPROMORPHOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Bondia nigella
(Photo: courtesy of the South Australian Research and Development Institute)

This Caterpillar has been found boring into galls on the stems of :

  • Spotted Gum ( Corymbia maculata, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Almond Trees ( Prunus dulcis, ROSACEAE ).

    The Caterpillar is white with a brown head.

    Bondia nigella
    (Photo: courtesy of Roger, Australian National Botanical Gardens, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moth has black forewings, each with a small pale comma mark near the middle. The hindwings are either grey or orange. It has a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    Bondia nigella
    (Photo: courtesy of the BOLD Photography Group: BIO/CSIRO)

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 29.18, p. 318.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 2 (1920), p. 339.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 289.


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    (updated 27 April 2009, 19 December 2013, 18 November 2015, 4 June 2019, 10 August 2020)