Tonica effractella

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Tonica effractella
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Scientific classification
T. effractella
Binomial name
Tonica effractella
(Snellen, 1879)
  • Cryptolechia effractellaSnellen, 1878
  • Teratomorpha coeliotaTurner, 1896

Tonica effractella is a moth in the family Depressariidae. It was described by Snellen in 1879. [1] It is found in Australia, where it has been recorded from the Northern Territory, Queensland, [2] New South Wales and Western Australia.

The wingspan is about 20 mm. The forewings are off-white with dark markings, including one on the tip. There are also areas of raised scales.

The larvae feed on Brachychiton paradoxum , Sterculia quadrifida and Gossypium hirsutum . They feed inside the growing shoots of their host plant. [3]

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  1. Beccaloni, G.; Scoble, M.; Kitching, I.; Simonsen, T.; Robinson, G.; Pitkin, B.; Hine, A.; Lyal, C., eds. (2003). "Tonica effractella". The Global Lepidoptera Names Index . Natural History Museum . Retrieved May 29, 2018.
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  3. Lepidoptera Larvae of Australia