(previously known as Cryptophaga ochroleuca)
XYLORYCTIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)
The Caterpillar of this species bores into the branches of
It feeds on the re-growing bark.
The adult moth has buff coloured forewings and satin white hindwings, each with a row of black dots around the edge of each wing. There may also various black dots on each forewing. The thorax is buff and hairy, with a black spot on top at the rear. The first abdominal segment is white and hairy, the second abdominal segment is bare and brown, and the remainder are black, except that the last is white. The moths have a wing span of about 3.5 cms.
The species is found on the Australian tablelands, in
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Moths of Australia,
Melbourne University Press, 1990, p. 230.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of new Australian Noctuina etc,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 15 (1892), pp. 15-16.
Cryptophasa ochroleuca, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
Blog, Monday, August 30, 2010.
(updated 4 December 2004, 23 March 2015)