Heteroteucha dimochla (Turner, 1944)
(formerly known as Philobota dimochla)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The Caterpillars of other species in this genus live in a shelter consisting of dead foodplant leaves joined with silk and frass, and have been found feeding in the ground litter on the dead leaves of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species have white forewings each crossed by two ragged broad black bands. there is also a broad black band across the thorax. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland.


    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. 119, 121.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. XII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69, No.5 (1944), p. 258.


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    (written 20 January 2015)