Acmotoma magniferella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Eochrois polydesma Lower, 1894)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


These Caterpillars are thought to burrow into the flower heads of

  • Coast Banksia ( Banksia integrifolia, PROTEACEAE ).

    This adult moth has a complex rusty brown pattern on the forewings. The hindwings are shiny grey. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


    The species is found in the eastern half of Australia, including

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1994, pp. 29, 30, 209-212, 217.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29, British Museum, 1864, p. 756.


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    (created 4 December 2004, updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)