Crocanthes micradelpha (Lower, 1897)
(previously known as Gelechia micradelpha)
LECITHOCERIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Crocanthes micradelpha
(Photo: courtesy of Rose Robin, Tamborine Mountain, Queensland)

These caterpillars are pale and hairy. They feed on dead gum leaves.

Crocanthes micradelpha
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths are yellow with a dark brown area on the outer third of each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown. The antennae are as long as the forewings. The legs are pale yellow, and appear to have brown knees and toes. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

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

The species is found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.19, p. 264.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 21 (1897), pp. 56-57.


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    (updated 4 May 2011, 9 September 2017)