Bedellia yasumatsui Kuroko, 1972
BEDELLIINAE,   LYONETIIDAE,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


oops: no abdomen
(Photo: courtesy of A.J. Turner)

The Caterpillars of this species form mines in the leaves of their foodplant, eating the fleash between the upper and lowers skins of a leaf. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Sweet Potato ( Ipomoea batatas, CONVOLVULACEAE ).

    The adult moths have pale brown forewings stippled with darker brown. The hindwings are fawn. There are fawn 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.

    The species has been found in

  • New Guinea,

    and also in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Hiroshi Kuroko,
    The genus Bedellia of Japan and a new species of the same genus (Lepidoptera: Lyonetiidae),
    Tinea,
    Volume 9 (1972) p. 240.


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    (written 24 June 2017)