Garrha atripunctatella (Turner, 1896)
(previously known as Hoplitica atripunctatella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha atripunctatella
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species construct a case from two oval pieces of dead foodplant leaf joined with silk, one piece larger than the other. The caterpillars have been found feeding on the dead leaves of

  • Scribbly Gum ( Eucalyptus signata, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has pale brown forewings which have numerous dark brown spots. The hindwings are off-white darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 298, 299.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), pp. 7-8.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 12 May 2014)