Tachystola acroxantha (Meyrick, 1885)
(one synonym: Ocystola aethopis Meyrick, 1902)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tachystola acroxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of various

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar lives in a shelter constructed by joining leaves loosely with silk. For pupation, it constructs a more substantial shelter between leaves using stronger silk and also frass.

    The adult moth has forewings that are pale brown, each with two dark brown spots and a yellow margin. The hindwings are dark brown with yellow tips.

    The species is found over much of Australia, including

  • Western Australia,
  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.

    The species has also become established somehow in

  • England.


    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. 37, 193.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 21, 62, 81-83, 85.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XII. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 4 (1885), p. 1066.


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    (updated 17 May 2011, 10 January 2015)