Philobota agnesella (Newman, 1856)
(formerly known as oecophora agnesella)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
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 ).

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

    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, updated 20 October 2018)