Philobota ancylotoxa Meyrick, 1884
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota ancylotoxa
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Noosa National Park, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Philobota ancylotoxa
    (Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Little Desert National Park, Victoria)

    The forewings of the adult moth of this species are yellow, with variable brown bands at the base, arcing across margin, and along the costa, of each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown, sometimes fading to yellow at the bases. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • 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, p. 286.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part X,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 8, Part 4 (1884), p. 475.


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    (written 27 June 2013, updated 5 October 2017)