(one synonym : Teras responsana Walker, 1863)
ARCHIPINI, TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(photo courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)
This Caterpillar is small and green with a pale brown head capsule. It grows to a length of about 2 cms. It has been found in December in Melbourne feeding on :
It conceals itself by making a protective cluster of silk-bowed wattle fronds. If disturbed, it will flee by wriggling backwards.
The pupa is formed between leaves joined by silk. Initially it is bright green, but it turns brown after a day or so. In summer, the pupal duration is only about a week.
The adults have forewings that are brown with various black dots, and paler bands along the margin and at the base. The hind wings are brown with a cream edge along the costa. The moths have a resting shape like the outline of a bell. They have a wingspan of about 2 cms.
The species occurs over much of Australia, including:
Further reading :
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), pp. 286-287.
(updated 3 September 2011, 21 November 2018)