(one synonym is Machaeritis oxyptila Turner, 1944)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa Falls, Victoria)
These Caterpillars are thought to feed on the droppings of marsupials.
The adult moth has white forewings with dark brown speckles and several bold dark brown markings. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The upturned labial palps have black tips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.
The species has been found in Australia in:
Further reading :
Ian F.B. Common,
Oecophorine Genera of Australia II:
The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 90, 91, 93.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), pp. 1052-1053, No. 356.
(written 27 January 2017, updated 25 October 2018, 12 September 2020, 25 April 2022)