Placocosma anthopetala Meyrick, 1883
(one synonym : Coesyra grammophora Lower, 1897)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moth has a pale brown head, and black or dark brown forewings, each with three partial white bars across each wing. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is up to 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.

    The placement of this species in genus Placocosma is doubtful, and is likely to change with further study.


    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, pp. 169, 371.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera IX Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), p. 333.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    Descriptions of New Species of Australian Lepidoptera, with Notes on Synonomy,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22, Part 1 (1897), p. 21.


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    (written 23 October 2014)