Small Thistle Moth
(one synonym: Choreutis isshikii Matsumura, 1931)
CHOREUTINAE, CHOREUTIDAE, SESIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Coburg, Victoria)
These caterpillars are green with black spots. They feed on various species in ASTERACEAE, including :
The caterpillars eat the flesh of the leaves leaving the skin intact, which is transparent and looks like small windows in the leaves.
The adult moth is brown with black patches, and has a wingspan of about 1 cm.
The species occurs worldwide, for example :
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.14, pp. 292-293.
Josef Johann Mann,
Verzeichniss der im Jahre 1853 in der Gegend von Fiume gesammelten Schmetterlinge,
Wiener Entomologische Monatschrift,
Volume 1 (1857) p. 181.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths,
CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 109.
(updated 26 March 2011)