Leaf Roller Moth
(previously known as Tortrix australana)
ARCHIPINI, TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
Pat & Mike Coupar
(Photo from: "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)
This Caterpillar is dark brownish green with pale yellow spots and sparse white hairs all over its body. It has a pale brown head and anal plate. The caterpillar has been found feeding on:
The caterpillars live in a communal shelter of foodplant leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.
It pupates in its shelter.
The adult have grey wings with rusty brown markings. The males have a more cryptic pattern than the females
The females have a bolder pattern. The moths of both sexes have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
The species occurs over south-eastern Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 32, 278.
John William Lewin,
Natural History of Lepidopterous Insects of New South Wales,
London : T. Bensley (1805), p. 13, and also Plate 17.
Pat and Mike Coupar,
Flying Colours, New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 90.
(updated 25 January 2009, 3 August 2015, 21 October 2019, 15 November 2020)