Thema brevivitella Walker, 1864
(one synonym : Pleurota pyrosema Meyrick, 1884)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema brevivitella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

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

Thema brevivitella
(Photo: courtesy of Harold McQueen, Goodna, Queensland)

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are brown or yellow with variable bold brown or black markings. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Thema brevivitella
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

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. 170-176.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 802, No. 1.


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    (written 27 June 2013, updated 25 October 2018)