Diathryptica proterva Meyrick, 1907
PLUTELLIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillars of this species were found boring into the stems of

  • Orchids ( ORCHIDACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of Florafest Orchid Nursery, Toowoomba, Queensland)

    The adult moth is dark brown with a broad white bar across each forewing. The moth has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australasian Micro-lepidoptera. XIX. Plutellidae.,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 32 (1907), pp. 139-140, No. 274.


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    (updated 8 March 2009)