Acrocercops chionosema Turner, 1940
Macadamia Leaf Miner
GRACILLARIINAE ,   GRACILLARIIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillars of this species are a pest on :

  • Macadamia Nuts ( Macadamia integrifolia, PROTEACEAE ),

    eating the flesh between the upper and lower skins of the leaves. They are also found on:

  • Queensland Nut ( Macadamia tetraphylla, PROTEACEAE ), and
  • Firewheel Tree ( Stenocarpus sinuatus, PROTEACEAE ).

    When it is mature, the caterpillar leaves its leafmine to form a cocoon nearby.

    The adult moths have dark forewings with three white bars across each one. The hindwings are very narrow and have an extensive plume of hairs along the inner margin. The wingspan is about 6 mms.

    The species is found from in

  • southern Queensland, and
  • > New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 20.11, p. 199.


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    (updated 3 November 2004)