Tachystola acroxantha (Meyrick, 1885)
(one synonym: Ocystola aethopis Meyrick, 1902)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
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.

    Tachystola acroxantha
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth has forewings that are pale brown, each with variable dark brown spots, and sometimes yellow hairs on the margin. The hindwings are dark brown.

    The species is found in Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria.

    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, 25 October 2018)