Ocystola crystallina (Newman, 1856)
(previously known as Oecophora crystallina)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ocystola crystallina
(Photo: courtesy of Kristi Ellingsen & Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania)

This caterpillar is thought to live in a shelter constructed of two overlapping leaves of its foodplant joined by silk and frass. One of the leaves is typically folded like a tent. The caterpillar feeds on the surfaces of the leaves composing its shelter. It probably feeds on:

  • various species of Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    It probably pupates within its shelter.

    Ocystola crystallina
    (Photo: courtesy of Kristi Ellingsen & Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania)

    The adult moth has white forewings each with bold black markings along the inner margin. The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    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, p. 352.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), pp. 1077-1078, No. 391.


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    (written 13 February 2017)