(possible synonym: Spilonota brachytycha Turner, 1946)
EUCOSMINI, OLETHREUTINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of N. Mauchline, T.W. Withers, and M.J. Nuttall, SCION, New Zealand Farm Forestry Association)
The Caterpillar of this species is green with a brown head and thorax. It has a dark U-shaped mark on the tail segment. The caterpillars feed on:
and so are a pest in Eucalyptus plantations .
The caterpillars feed on the surface of leaves, and live in a shelter of curled leaves held together with silk. The caterpillars become darker as they mature, and turn pink in their last instar.
They pupate in under bark or in a curled leaf or in ground debris. The female pupa appears to have one less abdominal segment than the male.
The adult moth has dark brown forewings. The hindwings are pale brown with dark veins. The female also has a pale wavy area along the hind margin of each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera VI: Tortricina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 6, Part 3 (1881), p. 683, No. 3.
(updated 2 June 2011, 16 October 2015)