Macadamia Flower Caterpillar
(sometimes misidentified as Homoeosoma vagella Zeller, 1848)
PHYCITINAE , PYRALIDAE , PYRALOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)
The caterpillars of this species are a pest, attacking various species in PROTEACEAE, including :
Young caterpillars feed inside the flower buds. As the caterpillars mature, they feed on the outside of buds and flowers.
They pupate in a silk cocoon among the leaf litter.
The adult moths are a patchy greyish-brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.
The species has been found in
Identity of Two Phycitine Pests on Macadamia (Lepidoptera: Pyralidae: Phycitinae),
Australian Journal of Entomology,
Volume 33, Issue 3 (August 1994), pp. 235–244.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Studies in Australian Lepidoptera, Pyralidae.,
Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
Volume 24 (1913), p. 128.
(written 15 October 2001, updated 1 September 2012)