(previously known as Gracilaria quadrifasciata)
GRACILLARIINAE, GRACILLARIIDAE, GRACILLARIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
This Caterpillar is pale green with a dark dorsal line, and pale brown jaws. The caterpillar mines the leaves and is a pest on various plants in LAURACEAE, including feeding on
The caterpillar leaves its leaf mine to pupate in a red cocoon in a cleft or curled leaf.
The adult moths have forewings with a complex pattern of brown and white. The hind margins of all of the wings are heavily fringed. The wingspan is about 1 cm. The antennae and hindlegs are longer than the wings. Its natural pose has it sitting up at an angle to the surface it is on.
The species is found in south-east Asia, including
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 198.
Henry Tibbats Stainton,
Descriptions of Nine Exotic Species of the Genus Gracilaria,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
Series 3, Volume 1 (1863), pp. 295-296, and also Plate 10, fig. 5.
(updated 10 July 2012, 27 July 2020)