Bedellia somnulentella (Zeller, 1847)
Sweet Potato Leaf Miner
(one synonym: Bedellia ipomoeae Bradley, 1953)
BEDELLIINAE ,   LYONETIIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

These Caterpillars are dark grey with a dark brown bulge each side of each segment. The head is black. They feed by mining the leaves of various members of the Bindweed and Sweet Potato family ( CONVOLVULACEAE ) , eg:

  • Sweet Potato ( Ipomoea batatas ), and
  • Field Bindweed ( Convolvulus arvensis ).


    (Drawing: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

    The adult moths are fawn with a hairy head and thorax, and fringes of hairs on the trailing edge of each forewing, and around the whole of each hindwing. The antennae are nearly as long as the forewings. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.


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

    The eggs are laid singly on the upper surface of a leaf of a foodplant.


    (Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research, New Zealand)

    The species is found all over the world, for example:

  • Great Britain,
  • Japan,
  • Russia,
  • U.S.A.,

    as well as in Australia including

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 21.12, p. 215.

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Bemerkungen über die auf einer Reise nach Italien und Sicilien beobachteten Schmetterlingsarten,
    Isis von Oken,,
    Jena, Volume 40, Heft 12 (1847), pp. 894-895, No. 432.


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    (updated 15 August 2011)