Arignota stercorata (T.P. Lucas, 1894)
(previously known as Xylorycta stercorata)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Arignota stercorata
(Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

This caterpillar bores into a stem of its foodplant, hiding in the tunnel so created. It attaches leaves to the tunnel entrance, on which it then feeds. Its foodplant is

  • Hard Quandong ( Elaeocarpus obovatus, ELAEOCARPACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has patchy brown forewings, and plain white hindwings. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species occurs in the north of Australia including

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 24.2, fig. 23.13, p. 229.

    Thomas P. Lucas,
    Descriptions of new Australian Lepidoptera, with additional localities for known species,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 8 (1894), p. 164.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 216.

    Ian McMillan,
    Arignota, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Sunday, November 17, 2013.


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    (updated 29 April 2011)