Strepsicrates ejectana (Walker, 1863)
Guava Bud Moth
(possible synonym : Sciaphila ervilisana Walker, 1863)
EUCOSMINI ,   OLETHREUTINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Strepsicrates ejectana
(Photo: courtesy of Landcare New Zealand)

The Caterpillar of this species is a pest, attacking:

  • Guava ( Psidium guajava, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Victorian Laceflower ( Thryptomene calycina, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth is brown with a complex and subtle pattern on the forewings. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Control is being attempted using :

  • Phosphine,
  • Pyrethrum, and
  • Dichlorvos.

    The species occurs in:

  • Fiji, and
  • New Zealand,

    and in Australia in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Tasmania, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 350, No. 60.


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    (updated 2 September 2008)