Zonopetala clerota Meyrick, 1883
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Zonopetala clerota
(Photo: curtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)

The caterpillar of this species lives in the ground leaf litter in a shelter that it makes by joining together two dead leaves with silk. It has been found feeding on the dead leaves of various species of Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ) including :

  • Cabbage Gum ( Eucalyptus platyphylla ), and
  • Small Fruited Gray Gum ( Eucalyptus propinqua ).

    The adult moth has a black collar around the head, and white forewings with two black bands across them, and a black margin. The hindwings are cream, shading to brown at the apex. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species is found across mainland Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western 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. 21, 22, 24, 138-143.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. VIII. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 461-462.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)