Ptyssoptera tryphera (Meyrick, 1893)
(formerly known as Tinea tryphera)
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 has a brown head, and a dark greenish grey body with black second and final abdominal segments. The caterpillar is flattened, and tapers at both ends. It has a full complement of prolegs. The caterpillar lives in a shelter composed of food-plant leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar has been found feeding on

  • Broad-leaved Geebung ( Persoonia levis, PROTEACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in a dense white cocoon spun between leaves of its food-plant.

    The forewings of the adult moth are dark brown, each with a yellow line along the hind-margin. The hindwings are pale grey. The head is pale yellow, and the thorax brown with a yellow stripe. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 541-542, No. 91.


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    (written 22 April 2019)