Leptozestis harmosta (Meyrick, 1897)
(formerly known as Pyroderces leucombra)
COSMOPTERIGINAE,   COSMOPTERIGIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Leptozestis harmosta
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa, Victoria)

The adult moths of this species have dark grey forewings each with a broad jagged white across the middle with some orange spots. The hindwings are plain brown. The head and thorax are white. The moths have a wingspan of about 1 cm.

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

The species has been found in

  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.

    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Microlepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22 (1897), pp. 388-389, No. 165.


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    (written 18 December 2020)