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Copromorphidae

Overview

A small, mainly Asian-Australian family. The adults of Copromorpha (8 spp.) and Phycomorpha (1 sp.) rest with the wings folded flat above the abdomen and have tufts on the fore wing.

Description

Small; head smooth-scaled, scales long and slender; ocelli present or absent; antennae simple, unipectinate or rarely bipectinate; maxillary palps small, 1- or 4-segmented; labial palps prominent and upturned or long and porrect; epiphysis present; hind tibiae usually with long hair-scales above, sometimes ( Osidryas ) with dorsal hair-pencil; fore wing usually with raised scale-tufts, vestigial chorda and M-stem sometimes present in cell, R 5 to termen, M 3 and CuA 1 approximated at base, CuP vestigial or present near margin, 1A + 2A fork short; hind wing broader than fore wing, female with 2 or 3 frenular bristles, Rs and M 1 parallel, CuA usually with pecten, CuP present. Larva stout with short ventral prolegs and uniordinal crochets in complete circle or sometimes biserial inner crochets; spiracles slightly protruding, spiracles on segment 8 more dorsal; tunnels in leaf veins, twigs and fruit or between joined leaves. Pupa in larval gallery or silk-lined cell.

Distribution

P . prasinochroa  is rich green and occurs in rainforests in eastern Qld and N.S.W.: the white larva bores in stems, twigs and fruits of cultivated or native figs or feeds between leaves of Ficus coronata ; it pupates in a silk-lined cell. The larger C . lichenitis is known from rainforest in southern Qld and northern N.S.W. Osidryas (2 spp.), which occurs in rainforests in eastern Qld and north-eastern N.S.W. has long, porrect palps, and lacks scale-tufts and a cubital pecten.

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