Homona spargotis Meyrick, 1910
Avocado Leafroller
(previously known as Ericiana spargotis)
TORTRICINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

This Caterpillar is a pest on a variety of tropical crops, including :

  • Avocado ( Persea americana, LAURACEAE ),
  • Coffee ( Coffea arabica, RUBIACEAE ),
  • Custard Apple ( Annona reticulata , ANNONACEAE ),
  • Carambola ( Averrhoa bilimbi, OXALIDACEAE ), and
  • Tea ( Camellia thea, THEACEAE ).

    It lives in a shelter formed from a rolled leaf held with silk.


    (Picture: courtesy of CSIRO Entomology)

    The adult moths of this species are a patchy brown. The males have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The females have a wingspan of about 3 cms. The moths have a curious resting posture, with the hindwings protruding from under the forewings, and the protruded parts folded over.

    The eggs are yellow and flattened. They are laid on the upper surface of a foodplant leaf in overlapping masses of several hundred.

    The species has been found in

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Tortricina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 35, Part 2 (1910), p. 215, No. 145.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 213.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 103.


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    (updated 25 January 2012)