Adoxophyes templana (Pagenstecher, 1900)
(one synonym : Adoxophyes interma Meyrick, 1910)
TORTRICINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
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and
Stella Crossley

Adoxophyes templana
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

These caterpillars are a pest in Citrus orchards, attacking the rind of developing fruit. They have also been found feeding on:

  • Red Mangrove ( Rhizophora stylosa, RHIZOPHORACEAE ),
  • River Mangrove ( Aegiceras corniculatum, PRIMULACEAE ),
  • Milky Mangrove ( Excoecaria agallocha, EUPHORBIACEAE ),
  • Blue Paperbark ( Melaleuca dealbata, MYRTACEAE ), and
  • Broad-leaved Paperbark ( Melaleuca quinquenervia, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has forewings that are pale brown with irregular variable broad dark brown lines across them. The hindwings are very pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    Adoxophyes templana
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species occurs in Australia in:

  • Northern Territory, and
  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Die Lepidopteren Fauna des Bismarck-Archipels,
    Zoologica,
    Volume 29, Part 2 (1900), p. 225, No. 427.

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


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    (updated 8 October 2012)