Macrobathra alternatella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Macrobathra obliquata Lucas, 1901)
COSMOPTERIGINAE ,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Macrobathra alternatella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moths have black forewings each with several white marks of various sizes. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening towards brown wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 644, No. 353.


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    (written 3 October 2014)