Australian Soybean Moth
(one synonym: Anacampsis simplicella Meyrick, 1904)
ANACAMPSINAE, GELECHIIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
The Caterpillars of this species are pale green. They are pests on:
The caterpillars feed initially by skeletonising the leaves. Later instars fold the leaves and web them together. The caterpillars grow to a length of about 7 mms.
The adult moths have dark brown forewings each with a white bar across them, and pale grey-brown hindwings. The wingspan is about 1 cm.
A strain of the species has been found in
and the species is found over most of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 259.
List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
Part 30 (1864), p. 1024, ref. 651.
(written 21 March 2008, updated 17 October 2018)