Boroscena phaulopis (Turner, 1917)
(one synonym is Coesyra amydrophanes Turner, 1940)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

These Caterpillars have been found several times in birds nests. It was unclear whether the caterpillars were feeding on the dried grass composing the nests, or on the bird faeces.

The adult moth of this species has pale brown forewings, each with some brown spots. The hindwings are off-white shading to brownish at the wingtips. The head and the thorax are pale brown. The moth has a wing span of about 2 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. 76-78, 80.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 41 (1917), p. 64.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. IX,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 65 (1940), p. 439, No. 1207.


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    (written 13 December 2018)