Phyllonorycter stephanota (Meyrick, 1907)
(previously known as Lithocolletis stephanota)
LITHOCOLLETINAE,   GRACILLARIIDAE,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Rijksmuseum van Natuurlijke Histoire, Leiden, Netherlands)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to mine the leaves of plants belonging the the family MALVACEAE, including :

  • Spiky Mallow ( Malvastrum spicatum ) and
  • Spiky Sida ( Sida subspicata).

    The adult moth has rusty brown forewings, each crossed by four black and white chevrons. The hindwings are plain greyish brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 0.6 cm.

    This species is a native of Australia, having been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australasian Micro-lepidoptera. XIX. Plutellidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 32 (1907), p. 51, No. 1.


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    (updated 11 September 2013, 4 January 2019)