Zonopetala alypa (Turner, 1914)
(previously known as Philobota alypa)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar feeds on the dead leaves of various species of Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

The adult moth has forewings that are dark brown with several large white spots. The hindwings are white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species is found in the eastern half of Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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, p. 142.

    Alfred Jefferis Turner,
    The Lepidoptera of Ebor Scrub,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 39, Part 3 (1914) p. 560.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)