Macrobathra bigerella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Macrobathra crymalea Meyrick, 1886)
COSMOPTERIGINAE ,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Macrobathra bigerella
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species have been found in silk shelters feeding amongst the buds and pods of various Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ) including

  • Sydney Wattle ( Acacia longifolia ), and
  • Orange Wattle ( Acacia saligna ).

    The adult moths have black forewings with bold white bands and patches. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species occurs in :

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 24.18, p. 253-254.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 644, No. 352.


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    (written 3 February 2013, 17 September 2013)