Acropolitis rudisana (Walker, 1863)
(previously known as Sciaphila rudisana)
TORTRICINAE,   TORTRICIDAE,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acropolitis rudisana
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The caterpillars of this species lives in a shelter consisting of a rolled leaf held with silk. The caterpillar attacks a variety of plants, including:

  • Wannara ( Dillwynia ericifolia , FABACEAE ),
  • Box-leaf Wattle ( Acacia buxifolia , MIMOSACEAE ),
  • Grapes ( Vitis vinifera , VITACEAE ), and
  • Monterey Pine ( Pinus radiata , PINACEAE ).

    The adult moth has wings that are pale brown, with a complex pattern on each forewing. The hindwings are white, shading to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms. The pheromones of this species have been identified.

    Acropolitis rudisana
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The species has been found in

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pp. 59, 60, 68.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), pp. 349-350, No. 58.


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    (updated 17 December 2010)