Artiastis tepida Meyrick, 1889
(one synonym is Eulechria leptomera Lower, 1900)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Artiastis tepida
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

This Caterpillar lives between a pair of leaves of their foodplant joined with silk. The caterpillar has been found feeding on variuos Gum trees (MYRTACEAE) including

  • Broad-leaved Peppermint (Eucalyptus dives),
  • Southern Blue-gum (Eucalyptus globulus), and
  • Forest Red-gum (Eucalyptus tereticornis).

    The adult moths have dark brown forewings that each have two faint pale diagonal patches. The hindwings are grey at the bases, shading through yellow, to brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • South 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. 120-125.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XV Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Part 4 (1889), pp. 1674-1675, No. 745 (474b).


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    (written 10 December 2018)