Prays nephelomima Meyrick,1907
Citrus Flower Moth
PRAYDINAE ,   YPONOMEUTIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars are a pest on:

  • Citrus flowers, e.g. Lemon, Orange, ( RUTACEAE ),

    Prays nephelomima
    oops: no abdomen!
    (Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

    The adult moths are fawn with brown markings, and have a wingspan of about 1 cm. The sex pheromones of this species have been investigated.

    The species occurs in:

  • New Zealand, and
  • Society Island,

    and also in Australia in

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • Norfolk Island, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

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

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera: V,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 32, Part 4 (1907), p. 76, No. 102.


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    (updated 31 October 2012)