Tasmantrix phalaros Gibbs, 2010
MICROPTERIGIDAE ,   MICROPTERIGOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
&
Stella Crossley


male
(Photo : courtesy of George Gibbs, Shoalhaven, New South Wales)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are black with a purple iridescence, each with a white transverse band, a white splodge near the base, and some white spots, including a larger one on the costa near the wingtip. The hindwings are plain black. The head is covered in long black and white scales. The legs are cream with black marks. The wingspan is about 0.8 cms.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales.

    The moths of this species are superficially similar to those of Tasmantrix calliplaca and Tasmantrix nigrocornis, 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, 17-22, 29-30.


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    (written 17 February 2016)