Poliopaschia lithochlora (Lower, 1896)
Tube Caterpillar
(formerly known as Epipaschia lithochlora)
EPIPASCHIINAE ,   PYRALIDAE ,   PYRALOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO)

The Caterpillar of this species feeds on:

  • Blake Paperbark ( Melaleuca quinquenervia, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live in tough silk tubes in a communal web of leaves joined by silk.

    The adult moth has a pattern of various shades greyish brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is being studied by a cooperative of a number of US and Australian bodies, including the Agricultural Research Service in USA, as a possible control agent for Blake Paperbark, which has become a pest outside Australia, particularly in Florida. The species is found endemically in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    The species has also been placed in the genus Enchesphora which has been taken as a senior synonym of Poliopaschia.


    Further reading

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Heterocera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), pp. 154-155.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (updated 12 February 2010, 14 September 2015)