Acrocercops alysidota (Meyrick, 1880)
Wattle Miner
(previously known as Gracilaria alysidota)
GRACILLARIINAE ,   GRACILLARIIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

These Caterpillars feed on various Wattles, such as

  • Tasmanian Blackwood ( Acacia melanoxylon, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The early instars burrow into the phyllodes. Later instars can burrow into the stem.

    The adult moth has a fringe along the trailing edge of each wing. The forewings have light and dark chevron markings. The hindwings are a golden brown. Its wingspan is about 0.8 cms.

    The species is found in

  • New Zealand

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Autsralia, and
  • Western Austrlia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera III Tineina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 161-162.


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    (updated 13 August 2003)