(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 brown stippled forewings. The female sometimes has a pale wavy area along the hind margin of each forewing. The male sometimes has a pale wavy area along the costa of each forewing. The hindwings are pale brown with dark veins.
The species has been found in:
as well as in Australia in
Further reading :
Marianne Horak and Furumi Komai,
Olethreutine Moths of Australia: (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Series, Volume 10,
CSIRO Publishing, 2006.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 65.
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, 23 June 2019)