Cryptophasa irrorata Lewin, 1805
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species live in tunnels bored into

  • She Oak ( Casuarina, CASUARINACAE ).

    They feed on twiglets that they break off and attach to the entrance of their tunnels.


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

    The adult moths are grey with a subtle pattern of markings on the forewings. The sexes are slightly dimorphic. The females are inclined to have a bolder pattern than the males. The moths have a wingspan of about 4 cms.


    female(left) and male(right)
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The eggs are pale green and spheroidal, and are laid in irregular piles.


    egg masses

    This species is found all along the eastern seaboard of Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 23.15, p. 230.

    Ian McMillan,
    Cryptophasa irrorata, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Wednesday, September 15, 2010.


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    (updated 30 September 2012)