Agriophara confertella (Walker, 1864)
(erroneously known as Agriophora confertella)
STENOMATINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley & Peter Marriott

Agriophara confertella
(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

The first instar of this Caterpillar is white with red intersegmental rings. As it grows, the caterpillar becomes pale green, with brown lines along the sides. It lives between leaves of its food plant joined with silk, and feeds on:

  • various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    It grows to a length of about 2.5 cms.

    Agriophara confertella
    (Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The adult moth has dull grey forewings and plain brown hindwings. A broken dark grey line runs from the base to the margin of each forewing. The moths have a wing span of about 2.5 cms.

    Agriophara confertella
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species may be found along most of the eastern side of Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common ,  
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 23.17, p. 231.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 758.


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    (updated 11 November 2012, 10 January 2015)