Hesperoptila lasiocephala (Lower, 1916)
(formerly known as Trachypepla lasiocephala)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths have speckled brown forewings, each with white patches at the base and the middle of the hindmargin. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening toward the wingtips. The head and thorax are white, separated by a brown collar. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 140-141.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of new Australian Micro-lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 40 (1916), p. 540.


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    (written 18 January 2019)