Ardozyga catarrhacta (Meyrick, 1904)
(formerly known as Protolechia catarrhacta)
GELECHIIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ardozyga catarrhacta
(Photo: courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is brown with rows of off-white dots along the body. The head is yellow with a white collar. The dark segments in the specimen illustrated here show that it is infected with a parasitic Tachinid Fly larva.

Ardozyga catarrhacta
shelter opened to show caterpillar and silk joining threads
(Photo: courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)

The caterpillar lives in a shelter composed of a pair of foodplant leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Bloodwood ( Corymbia terminalis, MYRTACEAE ).

    Ardozyga catarrhacta
    pupa
    (Photo: courtesy of Donna Tomkinson, Cooroy, Queensland)

    The pupa is brown and formed in the shelter.

    Ardozyga catarrhacta
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moths of this species have cream forewings each with dark brown markings including a wavy stripe along the hind margin. The hindwings are pale brown. There is sometimes a white patch on the head. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

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

    The species has been found in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVIII: Gelechiadae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29 (1900), p. 366, No. 170.


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    (written 12 January 2017, updated 17 October 2018)