Xylorycta heliomacula (Lower, 1894)
(formerly known as Telecrates heliomacula)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species are normally found boring into the stems of :

  • Mistletoe ( Amyema, LORANTHACEAE ),

    but have also been found boring into the stems of :

  • Broad-leaved beefwood ( Grevillea striata, PROTEACEAE ).

    The adult moth has yellow wings with broad black margins, with black tracery on the forewings. The moth has a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    The species is found in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 6.1, p. 229.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Heterocera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 18 (1894), pp. 92-93.


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    (updated 5 January 2010)