Flower eating caterpillar

Homoeosoma vagella

Adults are variable in form as they belong to a number of species of moths.
Caterpillars are also variable in shape, but any caterpillar found in the developing flower racemes should be suspect. Not all of these species of caterpillars produce silk to web the faecal pellets and damaged raceme together.
Macadamia flower caterpillar moths lay eggs on the flower panicle. The larvae feed on the florets for about three weeks then they pupate in the shelter of the panicle. The pupal stage lasts about 10 days.
Host range: Macadamias, lychee, longan, rambutan, cocoa, tamarillo and durian.

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