Oxyptilus causodes Meyrick, 1905
PTEROPHORINAE,   PTEROPHORIDAE,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on the fruit of plants in DILLENIACEAE, such as

  • Elephant Apple ( Dillenia indica ), and
  • Sri Lanka Dillenia ( Dillenia retusa ).

    The caterpillar leaves the fallen fruit to pupate, attaching itself to any nearby object.

    The adult moth is dark brown, with multi-lobed wings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including

  • India,
  • Papua,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Indian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society,
    Volume 16 (1905), p. 582.


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    (written 11 April 2011)