Stathmopoda cephalaea Meyrick, 1897
STATHMOPODINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living inside :

  • galls caused by a rust fungus Uromycladium tepperianum ( PUCCINIALES )

    on various Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ), including :

  • Silver Wattle ( Acacia dealbata ), and
  • Bark Wattle ( Acacia decurrens ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Victoria)

    The adult moths have brown forewings each with a white diagonal stripe near the base. The hindwings are plain off-white. Each wing has an extensive hairy fringe to the inner margin. The wingspan is about 1.4 cm.

    The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Richard Bashford,
    The insect fauna inhabiting Uromycladium (Uredinales) rust galls on Silver Wattle (Acacia dealbata) in Tasmania,
    The Australian Entomologist, Volume 29, Part 3 (September 2002), pp. 81-95.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.14, p. 226.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Microlepidoptera XVII Elachistidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22 (1897), p. 319.


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    (updated 14 May 2008, 5 March 2017)