Eulechria clytophanes (Turner, 1941)
(previously known as Tanyzancla clytophanes)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eulechria clytophanes
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa Falls, Victoria)

The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in the genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.

The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.

The forewings of the adult moth of this species have a yellow basal area with a brown line along the costa, and a larger dark brown marginal area which sometimes contains irregular white spots. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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. 361, 363.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae X,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 66 (1941), pp. 418-419, No. 1483.


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    (written 22 January 2017)