Macrobathra chrysotoxa Meyrick, 1886
COSMOPTERIGINAE ,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Macrobathra chrysotoxa
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The caterpillars of this species are off-white with a dark brown head and a yellow-brown prothorax. The caterpillars have been found on

  • Green Wattle ( Acacia decurrens, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live in silk tubes of leaves and detritus constructed amongst the shoots of the foodplant.

    The adult moths have dark brown forewings with bold cream patches. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species occurs in :

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.15, p. 253-254.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera: XII: Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 10, Part 4 (1886), p. 804, No. 480.


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    (updated 21 August 2012)