Ptyssoptera acrozyga (Meyrick, 1893)
PALAEPHATIDAE ,   PALAEPHATOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillar of this species is yellow with a green stripe along the back and with a black head and black tail segment. Its prolegs are diminshed. The caterpillar mines a leaf of its foodplant, and has been found on

  • Finger Hakea ( Hakea dactyloides, PROTEACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in its leaf-mine.

    The forewings of the adult moth are pale brown, each with a yellow and white stripe along the costa and the inner margin. The hindwings are satin white, each with a brown stripe along the costa. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVI Tineidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1892), pp. 539-540, No. 88.


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    (written 27 March 2017)