Thudaca mimodora Meyrick, 1892
HYPERTROPHIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Tewantin, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is green and lives in a slight web on new shoots of :

  • 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.


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

    The adult moth has satin white wings, with two brown diagonal stripes and a brown border around each fore wing. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pls. 4.5, 24.3, p. 236.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVI Tineidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1893), pp. 574-575, No. 146.


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    (updated 9 April 2011)