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

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

The Caterpillar of this species is green, and tapered at both ends. It has been found feeding openly by day on

  • Tree Broom Heath ( Monotoca elliptica, ERICACEAE ).

    The caterpillar pupates in an loose white cocoon.

    The adult moth has forewings, each with an off-white costal half which has a brown diagonal band and a variety of brown spots. The hind half of each forewing is plain pale brown. The hindwings are pale brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 1.2 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australasian Micro-lepidoptera. XIX. Plutellidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 32 (1907), p. 138, No. 272.


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    (written 10 March 2019)