Tortricopsis pyroptis Meyrick, 1902
(one synonym : Tortricopsis erythrura Meyrick, 1914)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tortricopsis pyroptis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on a variey of materials, including

  • dead phyllodes of Wattles ( MIMOSACEAE ),
  • live foliage of Cypress ( CUPRESSACEAE ), and
  • Gum trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    Tortricopsis pyroptis
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The adult moth has brown forewings each with a dark mark on the costa. The hindwings are yellow shading to brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, 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. 24, 29, 33, 238, 240, 241.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera (Oecophoridae),
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902) p. 143.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Oecophoridae,
    Exotic Microlepidoptera,
    Volume 1, Part 8 (1914), p. 228.


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    (written 23 October 2014, 10 January 2015)