Gum Tree Borer Moth
(one synonym : Cryptophaga lurida Meyrick, 1890)
The Caterpillar of this species bores into young
feeding on the wood and the bark.
The adult moth has forewings that vary from satin white through yellow to dark gey, usually with three or four dark dots near the middle, and a row of dark dots along each margin. The hindwings are dark grey, fading at the margins. The body is black with an orange segment halfway along the abdomen.
The males are smaller than the females and have thicker antennae. They have a wingspan of about 3 cms.
They females have a wingspan of about 5 cms.
The species is found in the south-east quarter of Australia, including
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.7, p. 230.
Cryptophasa balteata, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Saturday, September 18, 2010.
(updated 22 April 2009)