Platoloncha psamathina (Meyrick, 1885)
(formerly known as Ocystola psamathina)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Platoloncha psamathina
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Lambert, Coffs Harbour, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the dead leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Th caterpillars form a shelter out of dead leaves joined with silk. The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon in their shelter.

    This adult moth has yellow forewings, each with one or two black dots. The hindwings are off-white shading to grey at the margins. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania.


    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. 235-237, 239.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XII. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9 (1884), pp. 1060, 1070, No. 377.


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    (written 21 November 2019)