Hoplomorpha abalienella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym: Hoplitica colonias Meyrick, 1888)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hoplomorpha abalienella
(Photo: courtesy of Steve Solomons, Gosford, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a shelter consisting of a dead curled foodplant leaf. The caterpillars feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have pale brown forewings, each with a large white-edged dark brown semicircular mark on the inner margin. The hindwings are grey fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 153-156, 162.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales Series 2,
    Volume 2, Number 4 (1888), p. 942.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 762-763.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 75.


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    (written 1 April 2014, updated 10 January 2015)