Tanyzancla argutella (Zeller, 1877)
(formerly known as Oecophora argutella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddells Creek, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are gregarious, living together in a shelter of silk and in among th twigs of their foodplant. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Tree Broom Heath ( Monotoca elliptica, ERICACEAE ), and
  • Kunzea ( Kunzea species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupated in their shelter.

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings each with fur or five incomplete and joined transverse yellow bands. The head is yellow and the prothorax is dark brown. The hindwings are dark brown. The moth has long upcurved labial palps. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found in Australia in

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


    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. 109, 111-112.

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Exotische Microlepidopteren,
    Horae Societatis Entomologicae Rossicae,
    Volume 13 (1877), pp. 391-393.


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    (written 1 February 2017)