Philobota agnesella (Newman, 1856)
(formerly known as oecophora agnesella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota agnesella
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddells Creek, Victoria)

These Caterpillars are live in tunnels in the ground, and feed on various

  • Grasses ( POACEAE ).

    The forewings of the adult moth of this species are brown or pale brown with several incomplete white stripes. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further Reading:

    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. 267, 286.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Number 8 (1856), pp. 297-298, No. 8.


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    (written 28 January 2017)