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


drawing by Henry Tibbats Stainton, listed as Gracilaria plagata
,
Descriptions of Nine Exotic Species of the Genus Gracilaria,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Series 3, Volume 1 (1863), Plate 10, fig. 2,
Image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The adult moth of this species 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 pale with a dark brown streak. Its wingspan is about 1 cm. The antennae are about as long as the forewings.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    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. 292-293, and also Plate 10, fig. 2.


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    (updated 22 August 2004)