Biology of Labdia Sp. (Lepidoptera: Cosmopterygidae), a Miner in Phyllodes of Acacia. Academic Article uri icon


  • Labdia sp. mines phyllodes of several species of Acacia possessing large phyllodes. Its development in, and association with, A. saligna are outlined; the four larval instars all feed mainly on epidermis and palisade tissue, and pupation occurs within the mine. Faeces are extruded from the mine but retained in a mass on the outside and may protect the pupa. The life history and feeding biology of Labdia are compared with those of Acrocercops plebeia (Turner).

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  • 1979

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