Thudaca crypsidesma Meyrick, 1893
HYPERTROPHIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Little Desert National Park, Victoria)

This Caterpillar, like those of others in this genus probably feeds on :

  • Tea Trees ( Leptospermum, MYRTACEAE ).

    When ready to pupate, it attaches itself to a leaf by a cremaster. The pupa when formed sticks out from the leaf, unprotected by a cocoon.

    The adult moth has satin white wings, with one brown V shaped diagonal stripe, and one incomplete diagonal stripe, and a brown costa, to each forewing. The hindwings are plain satin white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1892), pp. 572-573, No. 144.

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


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    (updated 9 April 2011)