1215 False Codling Moth Thaumatotibia leucotreta
(Meyrick, 1913)Wingspan c.15-20mm.
This Afrotropical species is occasionally imported accidentally as a larva in oranges and other fruits and seeds, including chilli peppers. The presence of a larva is betrayed by a small brown patch on the skin, usually with a small central hole.
The adult moths are sexually dimorphic, females being larger than males. Males have a diagnostic reduced hindwing with a small circular patch of shiny white scales containing a blackish mark. They also have a tuft of scales on the hind tibia giving rise to a swollen appearance.