Heliocosma melanotypa Turner, 1925
HELIOCOSMA Group,   TORTRICOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Heliocosma melanotypa
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The adult moths of this species have silvery white forewings with variable grey-edged black patches, The forewings have areas of raised scales. The hindwings are pale brown. The long labial palps are white and hairy, and held straight out in front of the head. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Heliocosma melanotypa
(Photo: copyright of Brett and Marie Smith, Ellura Sanctuary, South Australia)

The species occurs Australia, having been found in :

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 49 (1925), pp. 37-60.


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    (written 1 December 2016)