Dudua aprobola (Meyrick, 1886)
(possible synonym : Temnolopa metallota Lower, 1901)
OLETHREUTINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Dudua aprobola
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This caterpillar is a translucent yellowish green. except for the first two pairs of legs which are black. It lives in a silk shelter in a curled leaf or flower of a foodplant. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 2 cms. It feeds on the flowers and leaves of a variety of agricultural crops and garden plants, including:

  • Cashew ( Anacardium occidentale, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Mango ( Mangifera indica, ANACARDIACEAE ),
  • Lychee ( Nephelium litchi, SAPINDACEAE ),
  • Guava ( Psidium guajava, MYRTACEAE ),
  • Roses ( Rosa, ROSACEAE ),
  • Lantana ( Lantana camara, VERBENACEAE ),
  • Dahlia ( Dahlia, ASTERACEAE ),
  • Mast Tree ( Polyalthia longifolia, ANNONACEAE ), and
  • Queens Flower ( Lagerstroemia flos-reginae, LYTHRACEAE ).

    The brown pupa is formed in a cocoon in a curled leaf.

    Dudua aprobola
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moth has forewings that are pale brown with various dark markings. The hindwings are plain brown. The moth has a crest of dark scales on the thorax. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    Dudua aprobola
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The eggs are laid between veins on the undersides of leaves of a foodplant.

    Dudua aprobola
    Tuvalu, 1980

    The species occurs across south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including

  • Cook Islands,
  • Hong Kong,
  • India,
  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland.


    Further reading:

    Marianne Horak and Furumi Komai,
    Olethreutine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera series. Vol. 10,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2006, pp. 138-142.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Lepidoptera from the South Pacific,
    Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
    1886, p. 275, No. 145.


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    (updated 26 July 2012)