(previously known as Arotrophora ombrodelta)
OLETHREUTINAE , TORTRICIDAE , TORTRICOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville)
This Caterpillar is a pest on a variety of cultivated trees, such as:
The caterpillars penetrate the young fruit, and feed on the kernel inside.
The adult moths are brown, with a variable dark tip to each forewing. The females have a black triangular mark on inner margin of each forewing. The males have a dark smudge along the inner margin, and erectavble scales behind the thorax. The hindwings are pale brown, and each has a recurve in the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms. The moths are active in the summer months.
The eggs of this species are white, round and flat, and have a diameter of about 1 mm. They are laid in small groups, up to 15, on the fruit.
The pheromones of this species have been identified. Various methods of control have been proposed, including:
The species occurs from India to the Philippines, including
and in Australia, including:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.8, pp. 58-59, 68, 280.
Oswald B. Lower,
New Australian Lepidoptera: with a note on Deilephila livornica, Esp.,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 23 (1898), p. 48-49.
(updated 9 October 2012, 2 December 2014)