Ericibdela delotis (Meyrick, 1888)
(previously known as Eulechria delotis)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ericibdela delotis
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found in silk galleries feeding on dead leaves stuck under loose bark on

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has grey forewings, each with some black spots and a black zigzag line. The hindwings are off-white shading to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in most of Australia, including:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • 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, pp. 24, 256-259.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XIV. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 952.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)