Creobota grossipunctella (Ragonot, 1888)
(one synonym is Creobota coccophthora Turner, 1931)
PHYCITINAE,   PYRALIDAE,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Creobota grossipunctella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Namadgi National Park, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species feed on

  • Scale Insects (Eriococcus coreoceus) which feed on Gum Trees ( Eucayptus species)

    The caterpillars live in a loose silk shelter among the Scale Insects.

    Creobota grossipunctella
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The moth has grey forewings each with a speckled dark streak along costa, a dark comma shape near the middle, and a broad dark band along the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig 32.8, etc.

    Émile Louis Ragonot,
    Nouveaux genres et espèces de Phycitidae et Galleriidae,
    Paris, 1888, p. 8.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 29.


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    (written 10 February 2019)