Piloprepes antidoxa Meyrick, 1888
(one synonym: Copriodes hypsilopha, Turner, 1935)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Piloprepes antidoxa
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria )

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, each with a broad transverse dark brown band with raised scales. The hindwings are pale brown, fading to white at the bases.

    The species is found in inland Australia, including:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 21.19, p. 223.

    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. 144, 147, 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. 1599-1600.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 65.


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    (updated 16 September 2013)