Psaroxantha calligenes (Meyrick, 1886)
(previously known as Machaeritis calligenes)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Psaroxantha calligenes
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on

  • Lichens.

    The caterpillars live in a silk case which they cover with bits if Lichen. The case is arched, and when the caterpillar is resting it attaches both ends to the object it is on

    This adult moth has yellow forewings each with several dark brown ragged lines : two across the middle, one at the margin, and one at the base. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in:

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


    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. 29, 127, 128.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part XII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume X, Part 4 (1884), p. 768.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)