Hypatima sphenophora (Meyrick, 1904)
(previously known as Deuteroptila sphenophora)
CHELARIINAE,   GELECHIIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Dianne Clarke, Maleny, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have patchy brown forewings each with various markings including a long black patch along the middle of the costa. The hindwings are translucent with dark veins. The labial palps are very prominent with spiky bristles, held pointing backwards. The wingspan is about 1.3 cms.


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

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland.


    Further reading :

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XVIII. Gelechiadae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 29 (1904), p. 419, No. 247.


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    (written 29 April 2020)