Red Leaf Roller
Sida Tipworm Moth
Sida Tipworm Moth (Crocidosema plebejana)Class: Animals (Animalia) - Jointed Legs (Arthropoda) - Insects (Insecta)
Order: Butterflies & Moths (Lepidoptera)
Family: Tortrix Moth (:Tortricoidea Tortricidae)
Species: Sida Tipworm Moth (Crocidosema plebejana)
Other name: Cotton Tipworm Moth

General Species Information:
Found on Ellura (in the Murray Mallee, SA) and elsewhere
We have no cotton in SA, but this species is still found. It's caterpillars feed on Malvaceae. Limstone Sida & Clustered Lawrencia are the only Malvaceae plants we've found on Ellura so far. As is our general stance on common names, it's wrong to call something by the introduced plant it eats when it was surviving happily before European invasion.

Copyright © 2013- Brett & Marie Smith. All Rights Reserved. Photographed 19-Oct-2013
This species is an Australian Native Species, not listed in the SA Murray Mallee Survey of 2010.