Arachnographa micrastrella (Meyrick, 1883)
(one synonym : Colpoloma fraxinea Turner, 1946)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Arachnographa micrastrella
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne)

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on the leaves and flowers of a variety of bush and tree species, including:

  • Juniper ( Juniperus species, CUPRESSACEAE ),
  • Monterey Pine ( Pinus radiata, PINACEAE ),
  • Cherry Ballart ( Exocarpus cupressiformis, SANTALACEAE ),
  • Needlebush ( Hakea sericea, PROTEACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has rusty brown forewings each with a white dot in the middle, and a thin gray diagonal stripe across the margin. The hindwings are pale brown shading darker at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • 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, Melbourne 1994, pp. 33, 34, 195-200.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 427, 433-434.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae XIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 70, Parts 3-4 (1946) p. 104.


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    (updated 1 November 2012)