Stenoptilodes taprobanes R. Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(one synonym : Amblyptilia seeboldi Hofmann, 1898)
PTEROPHORINAE ,   PTEROPHORIDAE ,   PTEROPHORIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley

Stenoptilodes taprobanes

The Caterpillars of this species have been reported feeding on a variety of plants, including :

  • Polka Dot Plant ( Hypoestes betsiliensis, ACANTHACEAE ),
  • Campylanthus salsoloides ( APOCYNACEAE ),
  • Spreading Sneezeweed ( Centipeda minima, ASTERACEAE ),
  • Hydrolea ( Hydrolea species, BORAGINACEAE ),
  • Lesser Sea-spurrey ( Spergularia maritima, CARYOPHYLLACEAE ),
  • Blueberry ( Vaccinium species, ERICACEAE ),
  • Sabatia ( Sabatia species, GENTIANACEAE ),
  • Wild Basil ( Clinopodium vulgare, LAMIACEAE ),
  • Snapdragons ( Antirrhinum majus, PLANTAGINACEAE ), and
  • Brookweed ( Samolus, PRIMULACEAE ).

    Stenoptilodes taprobanes
    Pupa.

    The adult moth has a wingspan between 1 and 2 cms.

    Stenoptilodes taprobanes

    The species has been found around the world, in

  • France,
  • Hong Kong,
  • Israel,
  • Papua,
  • West Africa,
  • U.S.A.,

    and in Australia, the species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Stenoptilodes taprobanes
    Drawing: Rudolf Felder & Alois Friedrich Rogenhofer, listed as Amblyptilia taprobanes,
    Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
    Atlas, plate CXL, fig. 54.


    Further reading :

    Rudolf Felder & Alois Friedrich Rogenhofer,
    Reise der Österreichischen Fregatte Novara um die Erde,
    Atlas, Erklärung der Tafel CXL, No. 54.


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    (updated 31 October 2012)