Platyptilia emissalis (Walker,1864)
(also known as Sinpunctiptilia emissalis)
PTEROPHORINAE ,   PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These caterpillars are off-white with pink markings. They live in a sparse web that is decorated with frass. The have been found feeding on the leaves of:

  • Digger's Speedwell ( Derwentia perfoliata, SCROPHULARIACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The moth has brown plumes, with two pale marks near each forewing wingtip, and several dark marks on each forewing costa. Its wingspan is about 2 cms.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    This species has been taken in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1864), p. 930, No. 14.


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    (updated 17 October 2010, 24 October 2014)