Don Herbison-Evans (
(Picture: by E.M.Zeck,
from "Forest Insects of Australia" by W.W. Froggatt,
Forestry Commission of New South Wales, 1923)
These Caterpillars bore into the stems and branches of :
The Caterpillar covers the end of the tunnel with silk and debris. It pupates in its tunnel, and partly extrudes the pupa before the adult emerges.
The male adult moth has green forewings, with one or more white diagonal bars across each one. The hindwings are a shiny pale grey colour. He has a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The female adult moths differ from the males. The females are larger and have green forewings with variable red markings, and red hindwings. They have a wingspan of about 7 cms.
The species occurs in south-eastern Australia.
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 2.14, 2.15, pp. 147-148.
Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 40.
(updated 22 October 2010)