Labdia deliciosella Walker, 1864
(one synonym : Glyphipteryx receptella Walker, 1864)
COSMOPTERIGINAE ,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars have been found boring into :

  • stems of Eprapah Wattle ( Acacia perangusta, MIMOSACEAE ), and
  • stem nodules caused by Woolly Apple Aphid ( Eriosoma lanigerum ) on Apple Trees ( Malus pomone, ROSACEAE ).

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

    The adult moths have yellow forewings each with black wingtips, and a large brown area at the base containing thin metallic blue streaks. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms.

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

    The species occurs in

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

    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Australian Moths,
    Jacaranda Press, Brisbane (1963), figure 127, p. 58.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press (1990), pl. 5.12, p. 255.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 823-824, Genus 118, No. 1.


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    (updated 21 August 2012, 6 December 2014)