Meritastis lythrodana (Meyrick,1881)
(previously known as Cacoecia lythrodana)
EPITYMBIINI ,   TORTRICINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Meritastis lythrodana
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These Caterpillars have been found in the leaf litter of Eucalyptus trees, probably eating the dead leaves.

The adult moth of this species has wings that are grey, with a broad dark fragmented 'Y' shaped mark on each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The pheromones of this species have been investigated.

The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera VI: Tortricina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 6, Part 3 (1881), pp. 497-498, No. 15.


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    (updated 6 June 2010)