Leucoptera spartifoliella (Hübner, 1813)
Broom Twig Miner
(one synonym : Tinea punctaurella)
LYONETIIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

The Caterpillar of this moth species feeds on various plants in FABACEAE including:

  • Dyer's Greenweed ( Genista tinctoria ), and
  • Scotch Broom ( Cytisus scoparius ).

    The moth species is occurs naturally in:

  • Great Britain, and
  • Europe generally.

    The species was introduced deliberately into

  • USA,

    and accidentally into

  • New Zealand,

    and then 1993 onwards into

  • Australia,

    in order to control pest oubreaks of Scotch Broom.


    drawing by Jacob Hübner, listed as Tinea spartifoliella,

    Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B etc, Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Volume 8 (1813), Plate 49, fig. 335,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Ernst Mayr Library, Harvard University.

    The moth was released in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    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.


    Further reading:

    Jim Cullen, Mic Julien, Rachel McFadyen (eds),
    Biological Control of Weeds in Australia,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2012, p. 206.

    Jacob Hübner,
    Tineae II, Pyralidiformes B etc,,
    Sammlung Europäischer Schmetterlinge,
    Volume 8 (1813), Plate 49, fig. 335.


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    (updated 13 July 2004)