Eulechria delospila Turner, 1916
(one synonym: Eulechria isotima Turner, 1938)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eulechria delospila
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.

The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.

The adult moth has off-white forewings which have sparse brown spots and speckles. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1997, p. 363.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 41, Part 2 (1916), p. 363.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)