Strepsicrates semicanella (Walker, 1866)
(possible synonym : Spilonota euploca Turner, 1946)
EUCOSMINI ,   OLETHREUTINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Strepsicrates semicanella
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The caterpillars of this species sometimes are a pest on:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Guava ( Psidium species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has speckled brown forewings with a dark mark near each tornus. The hindwings are brown with dark veins. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms. The pheromones of this species have been investigated.

    The species occurs across south-east Asia, including:

  • Japan,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 35, Supplement 5 (1866), p. 1741.


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    (updated 3 June 2010)