Crown Boring Moth
(previously known as Eupoecilia atricapitana)
TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, British Columbia, Canada)
This species has been introduced deliberately from Spain in 1985 into Australia to control the weed
which is its foodplant. The Caterpillar has also been introduced into Canada for the same reason. The caterpillar is white with a brown head, and feeds by boring into the stems of its food plant.
The adult moth is pale brown with a dark band across the middle, and another along the margin of each forewing. The hindwings are plain greyish-brown. The head and thorax are dark brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 14 mm.
The species is native to Europe and Asia, occurring for example in
It has been released in Australia in
The genus of this moth is controversial. The Checklist lists Cochylis Treitschke, 1829, and Conchylis Sodoffsky, 1837, as synonyms. Thus Cochylis is the senior synonym.
Observations on the life cycle and establishment of Cochylis atricapitana (Lrp : Cochylidae),
a moth used for biological control of Senecio jacobaea in Australia,
Volume 37, Number 4 (1992), pp. 641-648.
James Francis Stephens,
List of the specimens of the British animals in the collection of the British Museum,
Part 10 (1852), p. 103.
Susan Turner & Sandy Cesselli,
Cochylis atricapitana (Tansy ragwort root crown feeding moth) – Operational Field Guide,
Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations, British Columbia, Canada (2013).
(updated 2 September 2008, updated 22 February 2014)