Chezala carphalea (Meyrick, 1884)
(one synonym : Philobota cosmia Turner, 1935)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, 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 moths are dark brown with three ragged cream bands across each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown, each with a pale band along the costa and a broad hairy fringe around the wingtip, margin, and inner margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    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 Micro-Lepidoptera. XI, Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), pp. 731-732.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 22 (1898), p. 209.


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    (updated 2 August 2010, 11 October 2013, 10 January 2015)