Crocanthes prasinopis Meyrick, 1886
LECITHOCERIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@yahoo.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Crocanthes prasinopis
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are initially pink, but later instars are brown. They are very hairy. They feed in leaf litter on moist dead gum leaves.

They pupate in the leaf litter between two leaves in silk shelter covered in hairs and detritus.

Crocanthes prasinopis
(Photo: courtesy of Craig Nieminski, Darwin, Northern Territory)

The adult moths have brown forewings each with a broad dark marginal band that has a pale smudge. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

The species is found in

  • New Guinea,

    Crocanthes prasinopis
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    and over much of Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 52.7, pl. 5.17, pp. 262,263.

    Edward Meyrick,
    On some Lepidoptera from New Guinea,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    1886, Part 3, pp. 277-278, No. 149.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 102.


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    (updated 11 September 2011, 2 July 2020)