Hypertropha chlaenota Meyrick, 1887
HYPERTROPHIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar lives in a lacy silk shelter covered in frass on the underside of a leaf of a food plant. It feeds on:

  • Gum Trees ( Angophora and Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Mt. Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)

    When ready to pupate, it attaches itself to a leaf or twig by the tail. When formed: the pupa sticks out, unprotected by a cocoon.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has forewings that are buff in the basal half and black in the outer half. There are black ticks along the costa in the buff half, and a muddled buff patch halfway along the inner margin in the black half. The hindwings are bright yellow with a black marginal area. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


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

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of new Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 1, Part 4 (1887), p. 1042.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 78.


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    (updated 29 December 2012, 3 January 2017)