Thema argoptera (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Pleurota argoptera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema argoptera
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Powelltown, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of species in this genus feed on dead leaves in the leaf litter on the ground under trees.

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are cream coloured, with a row of brown spots along the margin, and three separate brown spots in the middle of each forewing. The hindwings are also cream coloured, with pale brown veins. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

The species has been found in

  • 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. 177.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), p. 758.


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    (written 27 June 2013, updated 2 February 2017)