Thema chlorochyta (Meyrick, 1884)
(one synonym is Pleurota perisema Lower, 1905)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema chlorochyta
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Walkerville, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of species in this genus feed on dead leaves in the leaf litter on the ground under trees.

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are pale brown, each with darker brown markings, often including a dark line along the inner margin, another from the middle of the costa to the tornus, and a dark mark by the wingtip. The hindwings are pale brown darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    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. 175-176.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera XI Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 3 (1884), p. 757, No. 297.


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    (written 2 February 2017)