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  Teatree Web Moth (Orthaga thyrisalis)





Teatree Web Moth | Orthaga thyrisalis photo
Orthaga thyrisalis

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TEATREE WEB MOTH FACTS

Identification
The Teatree Web Moth is a brownish moth belonging to the Pyralidae family. This moth is a garden pest and feeds on plants such as Teatree (Leptospermum) shrubs and trees. The forewings are darker near the body with paler brown outer half, and are fringed with pale brown on the outer edge. The hindwings are pale brown becoming darker towards outer edge with pale fringe. The body is light brown with band running along the length.

Size
wingspan about 2 or 3 cm ?

Habitat
woodland, parks, gardens

Food
the caterpillars feed on species of the Myrtaceae family including Leptospermum (Teatrees)

Breeding
The caterpillars form clusters in a shelter of dead leaf parts held together with silk web. The larvae pupate in the shelter before emerging a adults.

Range
Orthaga thyrisalis is found in southern parts of Australia and has been found in Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria, South Australia, Western Australia and Tasmania.



Classification
Class:Insecta
Order:Lepidoptera
Family:Pyralidae
Genus:Orthaga
Species:thyrisalis
Common Name:Teatree Web Moth