Phycomorpha prasinochroa (Meyrick, 1906)
(previously known as Copromorpha prasinochroa)
COPROMORPHIDAE ,   COPROMORPHOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phycomorpha prasinochroa
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland)

These caterpillars feed on the buds and new growth of various Fig trees ( MORACEAE ), including:

  • Sandpaper Fig ( Ficus fraseri ),
  • Clearsap Fig ( Ficus coronata ), and
  • Edible Fig ( Ficus carica ).

    The adult moths have forewings that are green with brown flecks. The hindwings are a shiny grey. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.29, fig. 53.2, pp. 314,315.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Tineina,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 30 (1906), pp. 52-53.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 118.


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    (updated 21 August 2012)