(also known as Anatrachyntis falcatella)
COSMOPTERIGINAE, COSMOPTERIGIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Christian Mille, Institut Agronomique néo-Calédonien, New-Caledonia)
This Caterpillar is omnivorous, and has been found feeding on plants such as
and animals such as
The adult moths are brown, with a some dark-edged white lines on the forewings, and plain hindwings. The hind margins of each wing are fringed with long hairs.
The species is found across south-east Asia to the south Pacific, including
and also including Australia in
Further reading :
Hibiscus sp. (Malvaceae), a new host for Pectinophora endema Common (Lepidopter: Gelechiidae) and Pyroderces falcatella (Stainton) (Lepidoptera: Cosmoterigidae) and their effects on predispersed seed, Australian Entomological Magazine,
Volume 18 (1991), p. 125.
C. S. Misra,
Anatrachyntis falcatella, stt. (Pyroderces spodoctha, Meyr.),
Proceedings of the Fourth Entomological Meeting,
Pusa, 1921, pp. 249-252.
Henry Tibbats Stainton,
Descriptions of Twenty-Five Species of Indian Lepidoptera,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series Volume 5 (1859), p. 121, No. 16.
(written 1 February 2003, updated 27 July 2013)