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Hellinsia balanotes (Meyrick, 1908)


  • Oidaematophorus balanotes (Meyrick, 1908)
  • Pterophorus balanotes Meyrick, 1908
  • Pterophorus aquila Meyrick, 1908
  • Hellensia balanotes (Meyrick) (misspelling in AICN and Sims-Chilton et al.[1])


The large size of Hellinsia balanotes readily distinguishes it from all other Pterophoridae found in Australia, although several similar species of Hellinsia are found in North America.

Hellinsia balanotes Hellinsia balanotes

Images © Ian McMillan?

Life Cycle

Hellinsia balanotes is a North American species which was introduced into south-eastern Queensland in 1985 as a biocontrol agent for Baccharis halimifolia L.[2].


  • Cashatt[3] reviews the species in the balanotes group and illustrates the genitalia of both sexes.
  • Palmer and Haseler[2] describe the introduction of the Hellinsia balanotes into Australia
  • The Barcode of Life All-Leps campaign has barcode sequences for Hellinsia balanotes
  • The North American Moth Photographers Group has a number of photographs of the species
  • The Larvae of Australian Moths website has illustrations of the larva, pupa and adult of the species


  1. Sims-Chilton, N.M., Zalucki, M.P. & Buckley, Y.M., 2009, Patchy herbivore and pathogen damage throughout the introduced Australian range of groundsel bush, Baccharis halimifolia, is influenced by rainfall, elevation, temperature, plant density and size. (Biological Control Vol. 50, Issue 1, July 2009, pp. 13-20) - Online
  2. Palmer, W.A. & Haseler, W.H., 1992, Foodplant Specificity and Biology of Oidaematophorus balanotes (Pterophoridae): A North American Moth Introduced into Australia for the Control of Baccharis halimifolia (Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 46(3), 1992: 195-202) - PDF
  3. Cashatt, E.D., 1972, Notes on the balanotes (Meyrick) group of Oidaematophorus Wallengren with description of a new species (Journal of the Lepidopterists' Society 26(1):1-13) - PDF


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