Callithauma callianthes (Meyrick, 1889)
(formerly known as Hoplitica callianthes)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Callithauma callianthes
(Photo: courtesy of Marilyn Hewish, Melbourne, Victoria)

The moths of this species have forewings that are yellow, each with five ragged reddish brown bands, one at the base, and four which join to make two 'V' shapes: one inverted. The hindwings are fawn. The wingspan is about 1.2 cms.

The species is found in Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.

    This species does not belong in OECOPHORINAE, but so far no taxonomist has decided in what subfamily to place it.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, p. 348.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XV: Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Part 4 (1889), pp. 1595-1596, No. 618 (150a).


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    (written 15 January 2017)