Psorosticha zizyphi (Stainton, 1859)
(one synonym : Depressaria angusta Walsingham, 1886)
DEPRESSARIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Marei Nursery, Egypt)

The Caterpillar of this species is pale green or brown, with a pale brown head. The caterpillar is an international pest. It lives in a rolled leaf of its foodplant. It feeds on the young shoots of various trees in RUTACEAE, including:

  • Lemon ( Citrus limon ),
  • Mandarins ( Citrus reticulata ),
  • Bael ( Aegle marmelos ),
  • Wood Apple ( Feronia elephantum ),
  • Orangeberry ( Glycosmis pentaphylla ),
  • Curry Tree ( Murraya koenigii ),

    as well as

  • Jujube ( Zizyphus jujuba, RHAMNACEAE ), and
  • Madala ( Ailanthus excelsa, SIMAROUBACEAE ).


    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

    The adult moth has brown wings with black spots on the costa of each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale brown

    The species is found across the Near-East and Asia, including:

  • India,
  • Iran,

    as well as Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 239.

    J.J. Davis,
    Psorosticha zizyphi (Stnt.) (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Journal of the Entomological Society of Queensland,
    Volume 4 (1965), p. 86.

    R.M. Misra, Ganga Prasad, and R.K. Misra,
    Bionomics of the Ailanthus leaf roller Psorosticha zizyphi Stainton (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Indian Forester, Vol. 115 (1989), pp. 398-403

    Henry Tibbats Stainton,
    Descriptions of twenty-five species of Indian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume 5 (1859), pp. 115-116, No. 6.


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    (updated 9 February 2009)