Casmara exculta (Meyrick, 1914)
(formerly known as Lactistica exculta)
BAREA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Casmara exculta
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to bore into the twigs of plants in RUTACEAE.

The adult moths have brown forewings, each with white-edged black spots along the costa, in the middle, and along the margin. The hindwings are brown with dark veins. The antennae and head and eyes are off-white, the thorax brown, and the abdomen dark brown. The legs are covered in long pale hairs, with dark tufts at the joints. The wingspan is about 3.4 cms.

The species is found in

  • Borneo,
  • India,
  • Malaysia,

    as well as in Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    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. 17, 19, 67, 74-77.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Oecophoridae
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 1 (1915), p. 237.


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    (written 30 May 2019)