Echinocosma catachrysa (Meyrick, 1889)
(one synonym : Tanyzancla phaeoxantha Turner, 1944)
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Echinocosma catachrysa
(Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Wron Wron, Victoria)

The caterpillars of this species have been found in the leaf litter feeding on dead leaves of trees in MYRTACEAE including :

  • Red Stringybark ( Eucalyptus macrorhyncha ), and
  • Red Spotted Gum ( Eucalyptus maculosa ).

    The adult moths have yellow forewings each with a large dark bronzed brown marginal area. The hindwings are brown. The head is yellow and the thorax dark brown.

    Echinocosma catachrysa
    (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. 262, 292, 294-295.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera (Oecophoridae),
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902) p. 155.


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    (written 8 November 2017)