Morophaga clonodes (Meyrick, 1893)
(one synonym : Scardia porphyrea Lower, 1893)
SCARDIINAE ,   TINEIDAE ,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Morophaga clonodes
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species feed on :

  • Bracket Fungi ( FUNGI ).

    The caterpillars bore tunnels into the fungus, and live and pupate in their tunnels.

    The adult moth has a speckled brown pattern on the forewings, and plain brown hindwings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in north-eastern Australia, in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 3.5, p. 183.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XVI: Tineidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 7, Part 4 (1891), pp. 523-525, No. 64.

    Gaden S. Robinson & Ebbe S. Nielsen,
    Tineid Genera of Australia,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 2,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1993.


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    (created 5 September 2007, updated 15 September 2012)