HYPERTROPHIDAE in Australia
Twig Moths
GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

HYPERTROPHIDAE

caterpillar
 
HYPERTROPHIDAE

pupae
 
HYPERTROPHIDAE

moths
 
HYPERTROPHIDAE

undersides

The Caterpillars of this family all make an extraordinary naked pupa, that stands on end like a twig.


Pupa of Hypertropha tortriciformis.

Unfortunately, they sometimes stick it on a leaf.

The members of the family have often been assigned to other families, including OECOPHORIDAE, DEPRESSARIIDAE, and ELACHISTIDAE, but here we treat them separately. They only occur in Australasia, and most feed on the foliage of various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

The 50 named Australian members of HYPERTROPHIDAE are:

  • Acraephnes cryeropis
  • Acraephnes innubila
  • Acraephnes inscripta
    Acraephnes litodes
  • Acraephnes nitida
  • Acraephnes nivea
  • Acraephnes sulfurata

  • Allotropha percussana

    Callizyga dispar

  • Eomystis rhodopis

  • Epithetica typhoscia

  • Eupselia anommata
    Eupselia aristonica
  • Eupselia axiepaena
    Eupselia beatella
    Eupselia beltera
  • Eupselia callidyas
    Eupselia carpocapsella
    Eupselia holoxantha
  • Eupselia hypsichora
  • Eupselia iridizona
  • Eupselia leucaspis
  • Eupselia melanostrepta
  • Eupselia philomorpha
    Eupselia satrapella
  • Eupselia syncapna
  • Eupselia theorella
    Eupselia tristephana

    Hypertropha chlaenota

  • Hypertropha desumptana
  • Hypertropha thesaurella
    Hypertropha torticiformis

  • Oxytropha ametalla

    Peritropha oligodrachma

    Progonica rhothias

  • Thudaca calliphrontis
    Thudaca campylota
    Thudaca circumdatella
    Thudaca crypsidesma
  • Thudaca cymatistis
  • Thudaca haplonota
  • Thudaca heterastis
    Thudaca mimodora
  • Thudaca monolechria
    Thudaca monolinea
    Thudaca obliquella
  • Thudaca ophiosema
  • Thudaca orthodroma
  • Thudaca stadiaula
  • Thudaca trabeata

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    (updated 31 October 2014, 19 June 2017)