Hellinsia lienigianus (Zeller, 1852)
Mugwort Plume Moth
(one synonym : Leioptilus serindibanus Moore, 1887)
PTEROPHORINAE,   PTEROPHORIDAE,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
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Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley

Hellinsia lienigianus
(Photo: courtesy of Trevor Jinks, North Burnett, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species varies from green to brown, and has sparse tufts of white hair along each side. The caterpillar lives in a silken tent, and is reported to feed on various members of the plant family ASTERACEAE :

  • Mugwort ( Artemisia vulgaris ),
  • Haemorrage Plant ( Aspilia africana ).
  • Chrysanthemum ( Chrysanthemum morifolium ),
  • Ox-eye Daisy ( Leucanthemum vulgare ),
  • Marsh Fleabane ( Pluchea purpurascens ),
  • Tansy ( Tanacetum vulgare ), and
  • Cocklebur ( Xanthium strumarium ).

    Hellinsia lienigianus
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Huemer, Tiroler Landesmuseen)

    The adult moth is pale brown, with a dark spot near the middle of each forewing.

    The species has occurs across Europe and Asia, including:

  • France,
  • Sumatra,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Western Australia, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Revision der Pterophoriden,
    Linnaea Entomologica,
    Volume 6 (1852), pp. 380, No. 39.


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    (updated 17 May 2012, 28 March 2019, 15 January 2021)