Prionocris complanula (Turner, 1896)
(previously : Heliocausta complanula)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Prionocris complanula
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

Based on observations of other species in this genus, these Caterpillars are thought to live between leaves of their foodplant joined with silk. The caterpillars are though to feed on various types of

  • Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species have brown forewings with some dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 275-278.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume XX (1896) p. 4.


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    (written 5 November 2012, updated 10 January 2015)