Caloptilia ostracodes (Turner, 1917)
(one synonym : Cyphostica zophonota Turner, 1927)
GRACILLARIINAE,   GRACILLARIIDAE,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to mine the leaves and feed on

  • Myrtle Beech ( Nothofagus cunninghami, FAGACEAE ).

    The adult moth have brown forewings, each with a spotty patchy pattern. The hindwings are pale brown each with a vague pale streak. Its wingspan is about 1.5 cms. The antennae are longer than the forewings.


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

    The species has been found in

  • Tasmania.


    close-up of head
    (Photo: courtesy of Elaine McDonald, Nicholls Rivulet, Tasmania)


    Further reading :

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Lepidopterological gleanings,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 29 (1917), p. 88.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New and Little Known Tasmanian Lepidoptera, Part II,
    courtesy of the
    Library Open Repository, University of Tasmania Library,
    Papers and Proceedings of the Royal Society of Tasmania,
    1926, p. 159.


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    (written 28 August 2019)