Dichomeris capnites (Meyrick, 1904)
Autumn Cluster Moth
(previously known as Ypsolophus capnites)
DICHOMERIDINAE ,   GELECHIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

These caterpillars probably feed on the leaves of :

  • Weeping Lilli pilli ( Waterhousea floribunda, MYRTACEAE ), and/or
  • Acronychia ( RUTACEAE ).


    (Photo: by Jeff Wright, courtesy of Chris Burwell, Queensland Museum).

    The adult moths have dark grey or brown forewings, each with several vague dark spots. The wingspan is about 2 cms.


    (Photo: by Jeff Wright, courtesy of Chris Burwell, Queensland Museum).

    The species has been found in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • , South Australia

    The moths are noted for congregating in enormous numbers in some areas in autumn (March, April), closely covering plant leaves like tiles on a roof.


    Further reading :

    Chris J. Burwell and Susan G. Wright,
    Autumn aggregations of Dichomeris capnites (Lepidoptera: Gelechiidae)
    News Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Queensland,
    Volume 32, Issue 4 (2004), pp. 90-92.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 25.7, p. 259.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: XVIII: Gelechiadae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29, Part 2 (1904), p. 435, No. 273.

    Dave Walter,
    Autumn Cluster Moth,
    News Bulletin of the Entomological Society of Queensland,
    Volume 42, Issue 4 (2014), pp. 86-87.


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    (updated 23 January 2006, 12 January 2013)