(one synonym : Trachyptila melanosticha Turner, 1916)
SCHOENOTENINI, TORTRICINAE, TORTRICIDAE, TORTRICOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)
The Caterpillars of this species are white with a dark brown head. The caterpillars feed inside galls on young shoots of
The plant grows a gall in response to the caterpillar's nibbles. The galls grow to be irregular cylinders about 5 cms long, about 1 cm diameter.
Pupation occurs inside the gall.
The adult moths have stipled grey/brown forewings, with little discernable pattern. The hindwings are plain grey. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species is found in
Further reading :
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 63.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. V. Tortricina,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 6, Part 3 (1881), p. 423, No. 1.
(written 21 June 2019)