Tortricopsis uncinella (Zeller, 1854)
(one synonym: Tortricopsis rosabella Newman, 1856)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species live in shelters composed of foodplant leaves joined with silk. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ),
  • Heathy Bush-pea ( Pultenaea procumbens, FABACEAE ), and
  • Eglantine ( Rosa rubiginosa, ROSACEAE ).

    This adult moth has rusty brown forewings each with a dark mark on the costa. The hindwings are yellow. The abdomen is yellow, with red hairs along the sides. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Tortricopsis uncinella
    drawing by Edward Newman and G.H. Ford, listed as Tortricopsis rosabella
    ,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London, New Series, Volume 3 (1856), Plate XVIII, fig. 8,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The species has been found in :

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


    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. 29, 236, 237-241.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856),pp. 293-294, and also Plate 18, fig. 8.

    Philipp Christoph Zeller,
    Die Depressarien undeinige ihnen nahe stehende Gattungen,
    Linnaea Entomologica (Linn. Ent., Berlin),
    Volume 9 (1854), pp. 355-356.


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    (updated 1 November 2012)