Piloprepes anassa Meyrick, 1888
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: Don Herbison-Evans, Concord, New South Wales)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on the green foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, including:

  • Eucalyptus, and
  • Lophostemon.

    The young caterpillar erects a tall narrow silk shelter covered in frass on top of a leaf. Later it cuts the leaf, and rolls part of it over to make a tubular shelter.

    It pupates in its shelter.

    The adult moth has white forewings with three broad transverse black bands edged with orange. The hindwings are yellow with a dark brown margin. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

    The species is found in the south-eastern quarter of mainland Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.17, p. 224.

    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. 145, 148.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidotera XV Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume III (1888), p. 1597.


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    (updated 1 November 2012)