Yponomeuta internellus (Walker, 1863)
(previously known as : Hyponomeuta internellus)
YPONOMEUTINAE ,   YPONOMEUTIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of this species live communally in a silken web on their food plant. They commonly feed on:

  • Red Olive Berry ( Elaeodendron australe, CELASTRACEAE ).

    The adult moth has white forewings with black tips and each with about 27 black spots. The hindwings are a silky buff colour. Its wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species occurs in Australia in

  • Queensland, and in
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 3.29, p. 204.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 533, No. 19.


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    (updated 31 March 2013)