Euchaetis cryptorrhoda (Turner, 1946)
(formerly known as Machimia cryptorrhoda)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, and to live singly in a shelter constructed by joining some leaves of the food plant with silk, retaining frass within the shelter.

The caterpillar pupates within its webbed shelter.

The adult moth of this species has brown forewings with dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases.

The species may be found 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, 1994, p. 269.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. XIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 70, Parts 3-4 (1945), p. 112.


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    (written 20 October 2014, updated 10 January 2015)