Barea codrella (Felder & Rogenhofer, 1875)
(one synonym: Phloeopola banausa Meyrick, 1883)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Barea codrella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on live and dead wood, They have been found

  • under the fallen bark of Eucalyptus species ( MYRTACEAE ),
  • in the sapwood of Eucalyptus obliqua,( MYRTACEAE ),
  • under the bark of Acacia species,( MIMOSACEAE ),
  • in a gall on Exocarpus cupressiformis, ( SANTALACEAE ),and
  • in moist Masonite building board.

    Barea codrella
    drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Tinea codrella
    ,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXXXVIII, fig. 33,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

    The moths have a complex pattern of light and dark brown on each forewing. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found widely in Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia,

    and has also invaded:

  • New Zealand.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. 149, 151, 155-156, 159.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologisher Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 19, and also Plate 138, fig. 33.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, IX Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8, Part 3 (1883), p. 356.


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    (updated 15 February 2009, 10 January 2015)