Uzucha humeralis Walker, 1864
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillar of this species bores into the branches of various Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ), including :

  • Poplar Gum ( Eucalyptus platyphylla ),
  • Spotted Gum ( Eucalyptus maculata ), and
  • various Angophora species.

    making a gallery, the entrance of which it covers with brown silk and frass.


    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The adult moth has grey-brown forewings, often with a dark dot near the middle of each one. The hindwings are black fading to pale yellow at the margins. The body has alternate bands of black and orange. The moths have a wing span of about 5 cms.


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

    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, fig. 23.6, p. 228.

    Ian McMillan,
    Uzucha, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Thursday, July 1, 2010.


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    (created 12 January 2002, updated 8 October 2012)