(previously known as Paratheta syrtica)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
This Caterpillar probably feeds on the ground on dead leaves of
The adult moth has long pointed pale brown forewings, each with a variable vague pale streak along the middle of the wing, and with some darker brown spots. The hindwings are also pointed, and are pale brown, darkening at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.
Some moths of this species display two thin spikes from the tip of the abdomen, and some show an extended organ, protruding from the tip of the abdomen.
The species has been found 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. 27, 28, 30.
Descriptions of new species of Lepidoptera (Oecophoridae),
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 26 (1902), p. 174.
(written 6 October 2018)