Atasthalistis ochreoviridella (Pagenstecher, 1900)
(also known as : Dichomeris ochreoviridella)
DICHOMERIDINAE ,   GELECHIIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Bishop Museum)

The Caterpillars of this species are brown with a black head, thorax, and tail. They feed on:

  • Macaranga species ( EUPHORBIACEAE ).


    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moths have grey-brown forewings each with a large dark mark with a pale outline on the costa. The hindwings are orange with a broad dark margin. At rest, the moths are inclined to tuck the wings in towards the end of the abdomen, but splay them out the margins. The moths have a wingspan of about 2 cms. The males have a greenish tinge to their forewings.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of David Rentz, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The species is found in

  • New Guinea,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Bishop Museum)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 5.24, p. 259.

    Arnold Pagenstecher,
    Die Lepidopterenfauna des Bismarck-Archipels. (2). Die Nachtfalter,
    Zoologica,
    Volume 12, Part 29 (1900), p. 236, No. 453.


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    (updated 7 May 2011)