Eochrois acutella (Walker, 1864)
(previously known as Cryptolechia acutella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

The Caterpillars of this species live in communal silk shelters formed by joining twigs and debris with silk on their foodplant. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Tree Broom Heath ( Monotoca elliptica, ERICACEAE ), and
  • Kunzeas ( Kunzea species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths are pale brown with a slight speckling of black and grey dots on each of wing. Some specimens have broken dark brown flashes on the forewings. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.


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

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


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


    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. 95, 111, 112.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29, British Museum, 1864, p. 766.


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    (updated 16 August 2013, 10 January 2015)