Epiphyas xylodes (Meyrick, 1910)
TORTRICINAE ,   TORTRICIDAE ,   TORTRICOIDEA
  
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Epiphyas xylodes
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

These Caterpillars are a yellowish-green, with a dark dorsal line, and sparse short white hairs. They are cylindrical, narrowing towards the head and the tail. The caterpillars are an orchard pest, attacking the fruit of:

  • Cherries ( Prunus avium, ROSACEAE ),

    but have been found attacking plants in many other families including

  • ASTERACEAE,
  • CUNONIACEAE,
  • EUPHORBIACEAE,
  • MALVACEAE,
  • MONIMIACEAE,
  • MYRTACEAE.

    The caterpillars live in shelters composed of leaves joined with silk.

    Epiphyas xylodes
    (Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

    The adult moth of this species has cream wings, with a dark patch near the middle of the costa on each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The pheromones of this species have been investigated.

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Tortricina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 35, Part 2 (1910), pp. 224-225, No. 157.


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    (updated 5 April 2011)