Chezala privatella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym is Cryptolechia latiorella Walker, 1864)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chezala privatella
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Lambert, Bellingen, New South Wales)

This Caterpillar is thought to live in a cylindrical case open at both ends, constructed from rolling up a piece of a dead leaf, and securing and lining it with silk. The caterpillar probably feeds on the ground on dead leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each usually with three dark spots, and a submarginal arc of dark dots.. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.

    Chezala privatella
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of John Bromilow, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)


    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. 144, 146-148, 150, 152.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 753, No. 123.


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    (written 24 March 2020, updated 21 August 2020)