Catoryctis subparallela (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Oecophora nexella Walker, 1864)
XYLORYCTIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

These caterpillars feed on

  • Sheoaks ( Casuarina species, CASUARINACEAE ).


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

    The adult moths are white with three brown stripes along each forewing. The hindwings are pearly pale brown, fading to white at the bases. The moths have a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

    The species is found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 5.7, p. 228.

    Ian McMillan,
    Catoryctis, Xyloryctine Moths of Australia,
    Blog, Monday, October 11, 2010.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 217.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1861), p. 690, No. 77.


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    (written 6 June 2013, updated 7 January 2017)