(one synonym: Phloeopola banausa Meyrick, 1883)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(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
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.
The species is found widely in Australia, including:
and has also invaded:
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,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 19, and also Plate 138, fig. 33.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, IX Oecophoridae (continued),
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), p. 356.
(updated 15 February 2009, 6 October 2018, 15 August 2019, 1 November 2020)