Nemophora sparsella (Walker, 1863)
(one synonym: Adela chrysolamprella Rosenstock, 1885)
ADELIDAE ,   INCURVARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Nemophora sparsella
(Photo: courtesy of Mark Ridgeway, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are dark metallic purple, each with a central transverse band of golden green speckles. The hindwings are pale brown. The moths have a wingspan of about 1.6 cms. The colours fade to brown in museum specimens. Their antennae are nearly twice as long as the wings.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Rudolph Rosenstock,
    Notes on Australian Lepidoptera, with descriptions of new species,
    Annals and Magazine of Natural History,
    Volume 5, Part 16 (1885), p. 438, No. 223.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 506, No. 24.


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    (written 25 December 2016)