Cenoloba obliteralis (Walker, 1864)
TINEODIDAE ,   ALUCITOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Debbie Matthews & Stella Crossley


flower cluster showing bud with borehole
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar bores into the buds and developing seeds of :

  • White Mangrove ( Avicennia marina, ACANTHACEAE ).

    The adult moth has split wings, like those of the family PTEROPHORIDAE. It has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    Specimens have been caught in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 325.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1864), p. 945, No. 56.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths, CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 121.


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    (updated 19 May 2011)