Broom Twig Miner
(one synonym : Tinea punctaurella)
LYONETIIDAE , YPONOMEUTOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)
The Caterpillar of this moth species feeds on various plants in FABACEAE including:
The adut moth has white wings with some brown marks near the margin, and a black spot at the tornus of each forewing.
The moth species is occurs naturally in:
The species was introduced deliberately into
and accidentally into
and then 1993 onwards into
in order to control pest oubreaks of Scotch Broom.
The moth was released in
The adult moth is satin white, with black and yellow marks near the tips of the forewings. It has a wingspan of about 0.8 cms.
Jim Cullen, Mic Julien, Rachel McFadyen (eds),
Biological Control of Weeds in Australia,
CSIRO Publishing, 2012, p. 206.
Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B etc,,
Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
Volume 8 (1813), Plate 49, fig. 335.
(updated 13 July 2004)