Hemibela callista (Meyrick, 1885)
(previously known as Ocystola callista)
Wingia Group,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hemibela callista
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a hollowed out twig which they carry around. The caterpillars probably feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars are thought to pupate in their twig, anchoring it to a branch or convenient object.

    The adult moths have brown forewings each with an orange fringe of hairs along the margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.5, p. 224.

    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. 323-325, 327, 328, Figs. 606, 610.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XII. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), pp. 1067-1068.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 66.


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    (updated 25 October 2010, 10 January 2015)