Barea codrella (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(one synonym: Phloeopola banausa Meyrick, 1883)
BAREA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Barea codrella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on live and dead wood, They have been found

  • under the fallen bark of Eucalyptus species ( MYRTACEAE ),
  • in the sapwood of Eucalyptus obliqua,( MYRTACEAE ),
  • under the bark of Acacia species,( MIMOSACEAE ),
  • in a gall on Exocarpus cupressiformis, ( SANTALACEAE ),and
  • in moist Masonite building board.

    Barea codrella
    drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Tinea codrella
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXXVIII, fig. 33,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The moths have a complex pattern of light and dark brown on each forewing. Some specimens are very dark, with only white spots near the middle of each forewing, and on the thorax. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Barea codrella
    (Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Northern Grampians, Victoria)

    The species is found widely in Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia,

    and has also invaded:

  • New Zealand.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. 149, 151, 155-156, 159.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologisher Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 19, and also Plate 138, fig. 33.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, IX Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), p. 356.


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    (updated 15 February 2009, 6 October 2018)