Macrocyttara expressa (T.P. Lucas, 1902)
(previously known as : Culama expressa)
COSSINAE ,   COSSIDAE ,   COSSOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Ian F.B. Common & Stella Crossley


(Photo : courtesy of Ian Common, from Moths of Australia)

These Caterpillars bore into :

  • River Mangrove ( Aegiceras corniculatum, PRIMULACEAE ).

    The larval tunnels often interconnect with those of other caterpillars of the same species.

    The caterpillars pupate in their tunnel near the entrance in a cocoon covered in frass.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moths are grey or brown with a pale diagonal band and a fine black tracery on each forewing. They have a wingspan of about 4 cms.

    The species occurs in

  • southern Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 26.6, plate 24.8, p. 270.

    Axel Kallies & Douglas J. Hilton,
    Revision of Cossinae and small Zeuzerinae from Australia (Lepidoptera: Cossidae),
    Zootaxa,
    3454 (2012), p. 17.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    New species of Queensland Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 27 (1902), pp. 246-247.


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    (updated 24 November 2010, 23 February 2017)