Pectinivalva gilva (Meyrick, 1906)
(formerly known as Nepticula gilva)
PECTINIVALVINAE,   NEPTICULIDAE,   NEPTICULOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species probably are leaf miners, eating the flesh beween the upper and lower epidermis of a leaf of their food-plant. They probably feed on the leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, ( MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have forewings that are pale brown, each with dark areas near the base and near the margin connected by an incomplete dark stripe. The hindwings are pale brown with broad fringes. The wingspan is about 5 mm.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Indian Micro-Lepidoptera. II,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 30 (1906), p. 59.


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    (written 14 March 2019)