- Class: Insecta
- Order: Lepidoptera
- Family: Crambidae
- Species: Uresiphita ornithopteralis (Guenee, 1854)
Batches of 10 -15 eggs are laid on the upper leaf surface of the host plant. These hatch after about 2 weeks. The larvae go though 4 instars over a period of 4 to 8 weeks reaching 18 - 30mm in length. after which they pupate on the ground within a finely woven, loose cocoon. Pupation can last anwhere from 9 to 114 days.
Larvae on Cape Broom -Genista monspessulana
These are fairly easy to rear from larvae. I have done so using just a chinese take-away container as you might be able to detect in the photo below. Just provide fresh food and keep the container clean and aired so as to avoid fungal attack.
Cocoon - the larva within has not yet pupated
The Tree Lucerne Moth is considered by some to be a subspecies of the Uresiphita gilvata (Fabricius, 1794).
- Common Moths of the Adelaide Region - McQuillan & Forrest, 1985
- Moths of Australia - Common I.F.B, 1990