Garrha absumptella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Machimia similis Turner, 1946)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha absumptella
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to live on the ground feeding on dead leaves of various species of MYRTACEAE. The caterpillars live and eventually pupate in an oval case constructed from two pieces of dead leaf joined with silk.

The adult moth has mottled brown forewings each often with one or two vague dark spots. The hindwings are off-white darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Garrha absumptella
underside
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, 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, p. 299.

    Francis Walker,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Volume 29, 1864, p. 567.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)