Chezala brachypepla (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Eulechria brachypepla)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Chezala brachypepla
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is thought to live in a cylindrical case open at both ends, constructed from rolling up a piece of a dead leaf, and securing and lining it with silk. The caterpillar probably feeds on the ground on dead leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each crossed by three broad ragged white bands. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • 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, pp. 146, 149.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae VIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 524-525.


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    (written 20 October 2014, updated 17 January 2015)