Oxyptilus regulus Meyrick, 1906
Grape Boring Plume Moth
PTEROPHORINAE ,   PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley

This Caterpillar is pale green or pink with dark line along the back. The species is a pest on :

  • Grape Vine ( Vitis vinifera, VITACEAE ).

    The caterpillar tunnels into the grapes to eat the seed. One caterpillar can damage several grapes.

    The moths are brown and white. They have a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.

    The eggs are laid singly on the stems of the grapes.

    The species occurs in

  • India,
  • Sri Lanka,

    and also occurs in

  • Australia.


    Further reading:

    Edward Meyrick,
    Indian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Journal of the Bombay Natural History Society,
    Volume 17 (1906), p. 135.

    T. V. Subramaniam,
    Bionomics of a Grape Boring Plume Moth (Oxyptilus regulus, Meyr.) in South India,
    Bulletin of Entomological Research,
    Volume 30, Issue 4 (January 1940), pp. 471-473.


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    (updated 4 June 2003)