(one synonym : Capua myopolia Turner, 1945)
ARCHIPINI, TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE
(Photo: courtesy of the Bishop Museum, Hawaii)
This Caterpillar is off-white and translucent, with a a dark brown or black head and sparse stiff pale hairs, particularly on the last segment.
This caterpillar was found feeding on various Orchids, (ORCHIDACEAE), including
but is known to feed on plants from many other families.
The caterpillar grows to a length of about 1.5 cms.
The pupa is brown, with a curved abdomen.
The adult male moth has blotchy pale brown forewings, each with dark markings, particularly along the costa, and around the margin, and including an angular patch near the middle. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan of the male is about 2.5 cms.
The female also has brown wings, but each forewing has dark markings only along the costa and around the margin. The forewings of the female have an extraordinary shape: each with a bulge on the costa near the base, a rounded wingtip, and a recurved margin. The wingspan of the female is about 3 cms.
The species occurs in :
and in Australia in
Jiri Hulcr, Scott E. Miller, Gregory P. Setliff, Karolyn Darrow,
Nathaniel D. Mueller, Paul D. N. Hebert, and George D. Weiblen,
DNA barcoding confirms polyphagy in a generalist moth, Homona mermerodes (Lepidoptera: Tortricidae),
Molecular Ecology Notes,
Volume 7, Issue 4 (July 2007), pages 549–557.
Revision of Australian Tortricina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 35 (1910), p. 213-214, No. 143.
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 213.
(updated 24 July 2011, 9 July 2019, 23 January 2020)