Olethreutine moths often have fruit-boring larvae and this economically important group includes many horticultural pests such as codling moths, Oriental fruit moths and macadamia nut borers. This volume is the first reference to describe the 90 olethreutine genera present in Australia.
It provides generic definitions, a key to genera, generic descriptions, and illustrations of adults, heads, venation, genitalia of both sexes and other diagnostic structures of all genera. Summaries of biology and distribution and a checklist for all named Australian species are given for each genus. Importantly, it includes a comprehensive reorganisation of olethreutine classification, based on generic revisions, with a worldwide impact.
The volume contains copious illustrations (two species per genus where possible) to convey generic concepts, and to allow identification of this economically important group. Nearly all olethreutine genera present in Australia extend into Asia and beyond, so the book will be relevant to horticultural pests throughout Asia, and crucial to an understanding of olethreutine evolution worldwide.
The diverse Australian olethreutine fauna is particularly rich in enarmoniine and grapholitine genera, several new to science and adding significantly to the concepts of these two tribes. Given the wealth of biological information, the book will be important for ecological work on phytophagous insects well beyond Australia.
A major revision of the species
Phylogeny-based reorganisation of olethreutine taxonomy and higher classification, with worldwide implications.
Provides information about the Australian olethreutine fauna, to allow identification at least to genus within Australia and of a considerable part of the fauna also in the Oriental region, economically important or common taxa to species level.
Provides the framework for further research on species resolution within genera for Australian Olethreutinae.
Makes an economically important group that is considered to be difficult accessible to non-specialists.
Material and methods
1. Phylogeny of the Olethreutinae
4. Diversity and distribution
5. Australian olethreutine genera
Lepidopterists worldwide at museums, universities and particularly research organisations interested in crop pests
Entomological libraries and research institutions
Amateur lepidopterists, especially in Europe and Japan
"This book is undoubtedly one of the most significant and original contributions to tortricid systematics to appear in the last few decades, and its impact likely will be felt by generations of tortricid systematists. Horak is to be congratulated for her tenacity in finishing this overwhelming project and creating a masterpiece in the process. She has set the bar high for her fellow tortricid taxonomists and Lepidoptera systematists in general." Proceedings of the Entomological Society of Washington, Vol. 109, No. 2, 2007
"Without any doubt, this book will have a crucial impact on our understanding of olethreutine evolution worldwide. It can be recommended to anybody interested in the systematics, ecology, applied entomology, or evolutionary biology of Olethreutinae." Matthias Nuss, Nota Lepidopterologica, May 2007
"This book is undoubtedly one of the most significant and original contributions to tortricid systematics to appear in the last few decades, and its impact likely will be felt by generations of tortricid systematics… Horak is to be congratulated for her tenacity in finishing this overwhelming project and creating a masterpiece in the process." TORTS, Newsletter of the Troop of Reputed Tortricid Systematists, January 2007
Marianne Horak is curator of Lepidoptera at the Australian National Insect Collection at CSIRO Entomology, Canberra, with taxonomy, biology and phylogeny of tortricid and phycitine moths her research focus. She is one of the leading experts on tortricid moths, and her involvement with the group started with her Ph.D. work at the ETH in Zürich, Switzerland. Studies on the Papuan and Indonesian fauna provided the necessary basis to revise the Australian olethreutine fauna.