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Light Brown Apple Moth

Epiphyas postvittana


This attractive tortricid moth was a pale brown with two very dark arc-shaped markings on the costa and paler markings anterior to the arcs and along the trailing margins. Both fore wings which were held flat also showed small dark flecks.


Spotted on a eucalyptus tree, resting on a leaf. native to Australia - now causing havoc in many other countries! - the larvae feed on a variety of agricultural crops and have no natural predators as controls.


I assume this is a female of this species. It is said to vary in colour but is paler than the male moth. The female moth is supposed to have a dark mark in the middle of dorsum of the wings but mine does not show any such marking. Commonly called LBAM Family: Tortricidae Subfamily:

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Leuba Ridgway
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Leuba Ridgway

Melbourne, Victoria, Australia

Spotted on Feb 24, 2014
Submitted on Feb 25, 2014

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