Phricanthes flexilineana (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym : Phricanthes macroura Lower, 1908)
PHRICANTHINI,   TORTRICINAE,   TORTRICIDAE,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phricanthes flexilineana
(Photo: courtesy of Daniel H. Janzen)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on plants in DILLENIACEAE including:

  • Davilla nitida,
  • Dillenia indica, and
  • Tetracera volubilis.

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

    The adult moths have pale grey or brown forewings, each with various markings including a broad white costa bounded by an irregular dark streak. The hindwings are pale brown, and have slightly recurved wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in the tropics all around the world, including

  • Costa Rica,
  • Madagascar,
  • Sri Lanka,
  • Vietnam,

    as well as Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Tortricina,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 32 (1908), pp. 322-323.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), pp. 345-346, No. 49.


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    (written 23 June 2019)