Eupselia melanostrepta Meyrick, 1880
HYPERTROPHIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eupselia melanostrepta
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Warrandyte, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has brown forewings each with five or six black spots near the tornus and some vague variable darker spots and incomplete bands elswhere. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in southern Australia, including:

  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania


    Further reading :

    Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
    Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
    Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), p. 52.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. IV. Tineina,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 5, Number 2 (1880), pp. 223-224.


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    (written 16 October 2019)