Stegommata sulfuratella Meyrick, 1880
Banksia Leaf-Miner
LYONETIIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillar of this species bores into the leaves of various species of Banksia ( PROTEACEAE ), including :

  • Coast Banksia ( Banksia integrifolia ), and
  • Old Man Banksia ( Banksia serrata ).

    The caterpillars are pale green and grow to a length of about 0.5 cm. They feed inside young leaves, creating a mine or tunnel. The damaged part of the leaf turns brown. Young leaves can be mined completely, but in older leaves only the tip is damaged. The damaged leaves usually fall off leaving a bare branch.

    The pupa is green and formed in a loose silk cocoon amongst the the leaves of the host plant.

    The forewings of the adult moth are white with some pale brown markings, and a black dot at each forewing tip. The hindwings are pale brown with long white fringes. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species is found in eastern Australia, in

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

    More recently it has invaded

  • New Zealand


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera III,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 5, Part 2 (1880), pp. 172-173.


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    (updated 18 May 2004, 4 March 2017)