Philobota baryptera (Turner, 1896)
(one synonym : Eulechria eualdes Turner, 1938)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota baryptera
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has patchy white and brown forewings with dark markings, including a dark submarginal line and a submarginal arc of dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland.


    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, pp. 267, 271.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume XX (1896) pp. 11-12.


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    (written 23 October 2014, updated 10 January 2015)