Oxyptilus cinctipedalis Walker, 1864
(also known as Nippoptilia cinctipedalis)
PTEROPHORINAE ,   PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found boring into the buds of:

  • Bushkiller ( Cayratia japonica, VITACEAE ).

    The adult moth is light and dark brown, with multi-lobed wings. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    The eggs are laid on a flower bud of the foodplant.

    The species occurs across Asia, and also in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1865), p. 935, No. 20.


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    (updated 4 June 2003)