Acanthodela erythrosema (Meyrick, 1886)
(previously known as Zonopetala erythrosema)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acanthodela erythrosema
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar is off-white. It feeds on damp dead leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar joins the leaves together with silk to make a shelter in which it lives. If threatened, the caterillar curls into a 'C' shape. The caterpillar pupates in its shelter.

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each with two white-edged black marks. The hindwings are brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.12, p. 223.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 142, 253, 255, 256.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 10, Part 4 (1886), pp. 829-830.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)