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

Macrobathra desmotoma
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

These Caterpillars are yellowish green with brown sides, and a brown head and prothorax. They have been found feeding on

  • Green Wattle ( Acacia decurrens MIMOSACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live in a shelter composed of leaflets joined with silk.

    The adult moths have dark brown forewings with bold cream patches. The hindwings are brown with long hairy fringes along the inner margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

    The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera: XII: Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 10, Part 4 (1886), pp. 806-807, No. 484.


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    (updated 21 August 2012)