Caloptilia xanthopharella (Meyrick, 1880)
(previously known as Gracilaria xanthopharella)
GRACILLARIINAE ,   GRACILLARIIDAE ,   GRACILLARIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graham McDonald)

The adult moth of this species is brown, with two bright yellow triangles on the costa of each forewing. The moth also havs yellow legs, a yellow face, and a yellow mark at the base of each forewing. The hind wings are a uniform dark brown. Its wingspan is about 1 cm. The antennae are longer than the forewings.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Further reading :

    Graham McDonald,
    Weird and Wonderful Moths,
    Metamorphosis Australia,
    Issue 78 (September 2015), pp. 11-15, fig. 2,
    Butterflies and Other Invertebrates Club.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera III Tineina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 5, Part 2 (1881), p. 141.


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    (written 4 November 2015)