(possible synonym : Temnolopa metallota Lower, 1901)
OLETHREUTINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(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:
The brown pupa is formed in a cocoon in a curled leaf.
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.
The eggs are laid between veins on the undersides of leaves of a foodplant.
The species occurs across south-east Asia and the south Pacific, including
as well as in Australia in:
Marianne Horak and Furumi Komai,
Olethreutine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera series. Vol. 10,
CSIRO Publishing, 2006, pp. 138-142.
Descriptions of Lepidoptera from the South Pacific,
Transactions of The Entomological Society of London,
1886, p. 275, No. 145.
(updated 26 July 2012)