Aproaerema simplexella (Walker, 1864)
Australian Soybean Moth
(one synonym: Anacampsis simplicella Meyrick, 1904)
ANACAMPSINAE ,   GELECHIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species are pale green. They are pests on:

  • Soy Beans ( Glycine max, FABACEAE ).

    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.


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

    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.


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

    A strain of the species has been found in

  • South Africa,

    and the species is found over most of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Norfolk Island.


    Further reading :

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

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1864), p. 1024, ref. 651.


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    (written 21 March 2008, updated 10 January 2017)