Opogona papayae Turner, 1923
HIEROXESTINAE,   TINEIDAE,   TINEOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opogona papayae
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This Caterpillar has been found boring into a stem of

  • Papaya ( CARICACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth is dark brown, with a broad yellow band over the basal half of each forewing. There are some blue specks in the brown area of each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Western australia,
  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

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

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Microlepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 47 (1923), p. 182.


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    (updated 12 September 2012)