Ardozyga stratifera (Meyrick, 1904)
Striped Ardozyga Moth
(previously known as Protolechia stratifera)
GELECHIIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ardozyga stratifera
dark areas are affected by an internal parasite
(Photo: courtesy of Geoff Byrne, Gibb Reserve, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are off-white, sometimes with streaky dark-brown speckles. The head is pale brown, and heart-shaped. The caterpillars live in a shelter created by folding a foodplant leaf in half along the main vein, and securing it with silk. The caterpillars have been found feeding on foliage of

  • Eucalypts ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Ardozyga stratifera
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have off-white forewings, each with ragged dark bands along the costa and the hind margin. The hindwings are pale brown with dark veins, fading toward the bases. The colour of the head and thorax appear to be variable, sometimes one or both can be white or dark brown. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    Ardozyga stratifera
    (Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell, Australian Museum)

    The species is found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 56.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: XVIII: Gelechiadae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29, Part 2 (1904), p. 366, No. 169.


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    (created 24 August 2012, updated 17 October 2018, 6 October 2019, 12 May 2021)