(formerly known as Sabatinca calliplaca)
MICROPTERIGIDAE , MICROPTERIGOIDEA
(Photo : courtesy of Nick Monaghan)
The adult moths of this species have forewings that are black with a purple iridescence, each with a white band, a white splodge near the base, and a complicated pattern in the marginal half. The hindwings are plain black. The wingspan is about 0.8 cms.
The species is found in
The moths of this species are superficially similar to those of Tasmantrix nigrocornis and Tasmantrix phalaros, and can only be distinguished by microscopic examination.
Further reading :
George W. Gibbs,
Micropterigidae (Lepidoptera) of the Southwestern Pacific: a revision with the establishment of five new genera from Australia, New Caledonia and New Zealand,
Volume 2520 (2010), pp. 6, 17-25.
An Australian species of Micropterygidae,
Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
Volume 38 (1902), p. 60.
(updated 5 May 2011, 14 February 2016)