Ethmia nigroapicella (Saalmuller, 1880)
Kou Leafworm
(one synonym Psecadia apicalis Matsumura, 1931)
ETHMIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
( donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Don Herbison-Evans ( donherbisonevans@yahoo.com )
&
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of John Mills)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on members of the family BORAGINACEAE :

  • Manjack ( Cordia species), and
  • Koda ( Ehretia species).

    The Caterpillars spin threads of silk between the tree and the ground, and use them to commute. The caterpillars have a length of about 3 cm.


    Kiribati 1980

    The adult moths have grey fore wings, with a row of black spots along the wing edges, and a further pattern of black spots over each fore wing. The hind wings are yellow with a large black area on each wing tip. This species may be found from Madagascar to the Pacific, including

  • Hawaii,
  • India,
  • Seychelles,
  • Taiwan,
    and has been found in the northern tropics of Australia in
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 248-249.

    Jerry A. Powell,
    Biology and Immature Stages of Australian Ethmiid Moths (Gelechioidea),
    Journal of Research on the Lepidoptera, Volume 20 (1981), Number 4, pp. 214-234.


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    (updated 26 March 2009, 15 January 2013)