Cosmopterix species
COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of species in this genus are leaf miners in grasses and sedges.

There are 10 named species of Cosmopterix in Australia, and all the adult moths are superficially similar. They are dark brown with a bright orange band across each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

The moth pictured here was caught in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 253-255.


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    (updated 21 August 2012)