Thema xiphochrysa (Lower, 1905)
(one synonym is Pleurota himantias Meyrick, 1913)
CHEZALA GOUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema xiphochrysa
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of species in this genus feed on dead leaves in the leaf litter on the ground under trees.

The forewings of the adult moth of this species have white or yellow forewings, with dark brown lines along and across the forewings. The hindwings are pale brown darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in

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


    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. 175-176.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera, No. XXII,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 29 (1905), p. 108.


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    (written 2 February 2017, updated 26 October 2018)