Tebenna micalis (Mann, 1857)
(one synonym : Choreutis bradleyi)
Small Thistle Moth
CHOREUTIDAE

Don Herbison-Evans ( donherbisonevans@yahoo.com )
&
Stella Crossley

(updated 27 January 2009)

Tebenna micalis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Australian Capital Territory)

These caterpillars are green with black spots. They feed on various species in ASTERACEAE, including :

  • Capeweed ( Arctotheca calendula ),
  • Spear Thistle ( Cirsium vulgare ),
  • Fleabane ( Erigeron canadensis ),
  • Scotch Thistle ( Onopordum acanthium ) and
  • Everlasting Daisy ( Xerochrysum bracteatum )..

    The caterpillars eat the flesh of the leaves leaving the skin intact, which is transparent and looks like small windows in the leaves.

    Tebenna micalis
    oops: no abdomen
    (Photo: courtesy of Landcare Research Ltd., New Zealand)

    The adult moth is brown with black patches, and has a wingspan of about 1 cm.

    The species occurs worldwide, for example :

  • New Zealand,
  • Reunion,
  • Spain, and
  • United Kingdom,
    as well as
  • Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 28.14, pp. 292-293.


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