Olenacantha tephropolia (Turner, 1938)
(formerly known as Eulechria tephropolia)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

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

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE )

    The adult moth of this species is pale grey with a scattering of brown dots on each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale grey-brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Western Australia.


    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. 215-216.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera IV,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 63 (1938), p. 41, No. 792.


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    (written 17 April 2019)