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: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

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


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in

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


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

    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.


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


    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, 29 March 2019)