Tasmantrix calliplaca (Meyrick, 1902)
(formerly known as Sabatinca calliplaca)
MICROPTERIGIDAE ,   MICROPTERIGOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Stella Crossley


(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

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    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,
    Zootaxa,
    Volume 2520 (2010), pp. 6, 17-25.

    Edward Meyrick,
    An Australian species of Micropterygidae,
    Entomologist's Monthly Magazine,
    Volume 38 (1902), p. 60.


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    (updated 5 May 2011, 14 February 2016)