Tracholena sulfurosa (Meyrick, 1910)
(previously known as Cnephasia sulfurosa)
SCHOENOTENINI,   TORTRICINAE,   TORTRICIDAE,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Tracholena sulfurosa
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

This caterpillar tunnels into the bark of conifers, such as :

  • Cyprus Pine ( Callitris species, CUPRESSACEAE ).

    Tracholena sulfurosa
    (Photo courtesy of Michael Bedingfield, Conder, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moth has forewings that are off-white, each with a variable dark brown marginal half, and a pale basal half. There is an interrupted brown line across the basal half, and a variable pattern of white patches in the marginal half. The moth can raise groups of scales on the wings to make the wings look knobbly. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    Tracholena sulfurosa
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.1, p. 279.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Tortricina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 35, Part 2 (1910), p. 278, No. 264.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 102.


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    (updated 28 October 2010, 10 December 2018)