Arotrophora arcuatalis (Walker, [1866])
Banksia Boring Moth
(one synonym : Crambus submarginellus Walker, 1866)
CNEPHASIINI,  , TORTRICINAE,   TORTRICIDAE,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Banksia flower bud damaged by this Caterpillar
(Photo: courtesy of Bill Woods, Western Australia Department of Agriculture)

This Caterpillar is a pest, feeding on the flower spikes of :

  • Candle Flowers ( Banksia, PROTEACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of the South Australian Research and Development Institute)

    The adults are sometimes grey with some rusty brown markings, and sometimes rusty brown with grey markings. It has long grey labial palps help straight out in front of its head. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms. The pheromones of this species have been identified.


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

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


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


    Further reading

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 34, Supplement 4 (1866), p. 1474.


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    (updated 2 September 2008. 16 December 2017)