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


(Photo : courtesy of Bart Hacobian, Millaa Millaa, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species have forewings that are black with a purple iridescence, each with a white band across the middle, and some white streaks near the margin. The hindwings are grey, darkening toward the margins. The head is covered with long white scales. The wingspan is about 0.8 cms.


female
(Photo : courtesy of George Gibbs, Queensland)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland.

    The adult moths are particularly fond of nectar from the flowers of Silky Tamarind ( Guioa lasioneura, SAPINDACEAE ).


    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, 32-33.


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    (written 14 February 2016)