Barea confusella (Walker, 1864)
(previously known as Cyclogona confusella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

The Caterpillar of this species feeds on dead sapwood, so it bores into dead trees, living in tunnels under the bark. The caterpillar also bores into structural timber, and fence posts. Fungus in the wood may also contribute to the Caterpillar's nutrition.


The adult moth has forewings with a blotchy black and white pattern. The hindwings are a silky fawn colour. The thorax is mainly black. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The species has been found in

  • New Zealand

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.10, p. 225.

    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. 22, 33, 34.

    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. 146,151-153, 155, 157, 166-168.

    K.M. Moore,
    Observations on some Australian forest insects. 3.
    The biology and larval taxonomy of some Lepidoptera attacking trees and timber

    Australian Zoologist,
    Volume 12, Number 4 (1959), pp. 337-350, pls. 41-43

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 682-683.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)