Acrocercops calicella (Stainton, 1862)
(previously known as Gracilaria calicella)
GRACILLARIINAE ,   GRACILLARIIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillars of this species mine the leaves of various species of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The adult moth has a fringe on the trailing edge of each wing. The fore wings have a striking pattern of brown and white. The hind wings are a uniform dark brown. Its wingspan is about 0.8 cm.


    Drawing by Henry Tibbats Stainton, listed as Gracilaria calicella
    ,
    Descriptions of Nine Exotic Species of the Genus Gracilaria,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    Series 3, Volume 1 (1863), Plate 10, fig. 7,
    Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species occurs in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 199.

    Henry Tibbats Stainton,
    Descriptions of nine exotic species of the genus Gracilaria,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    Series 3, Volume 1 (1862), pp. 297-298, and also Plate X, fig. 7.


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    (updated 22 August 2004)