Diacrotricha fasciola Zeller, 1852
Starfruit Flowermoth
PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Diacrotricha fasciola
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is pale green to brown, and hairy. It feeds on the buds and flowers of Averrhoa species, including:

  • Starfruit ( Averrhoa carambola , OXALIDACEAE ), and
  • Cucumber Tree ( Averrhoa bilimbi, OXALIDACEAE ).

    The adult moth is white with brown markings and a black spot near the middle of each forewing.

    The species occurs in south-east Asia, including

  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • Japan,
  • Papua,
  • Thailand, and
  • Vietnam,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Revision der Pterophoriden,
    Linnaea Entomologica,
    Volume 6 (1852), pp. 399-400, No. 57


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    (created 16 October 2001, updated 13 May 2012)