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


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

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar initially mines a leaf, then curls it to construct a shelter. It continues to feed on the leaf before pupating in a flat silk coon in its shelter.

    The adult moths have forewings with a complex pattern of rusty reddish-brown and white. The inner margins of all of the wings are heavily fringed. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    The species is found in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 20.6, p. 198.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera: III: Tineina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 155-156.


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    (updated 8 November 2012)