Atteva niphocosma Turner, 1903
(one synonym : Syblis myriastra)
ATTEVINAE ,   YPONOMEUTIDAE ,   YPONOMEUTOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

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

  • Pencil Cedar ( Polyscias murrayi, ARALIACEAE ).


    (Specimen: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The adult moth has dark orange forewings with white spots. The hind wings are a paler orange colour. Its wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species occurs in:

  • the north of Western Australia,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, Pl. 3.24, p. 204.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 28 (1903), pp. 79-80, No. 3.


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    (updated 4 November 2008, 28 October 2014)