Barea consignatella Walker, 1864
(one synonym : Phloeopola melanospila Turner, 1896)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Barea consignatella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These Caterpillars bore into and feed on the sapwood of dead trees.

The moths have a complex pattern of light, dark, and brown on each forewing. The labial palps are long, and are normally held curving upward in front of the head. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been introduced accidentally into:

  • New Zealand,

    but is native to Australia, occurring in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.9, 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. 19, 22, 24, 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. 140, 144, 146, 148, 150.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), p. 17.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 819-820.

    Paul Zborowsky and Ted Edwards
    A Guide To Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 2007, p. 66.


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    (updated 5 April 2011)