Archaereta dorsivittella (Walker, 1863)
(formerly known as Psecadia dorsivittella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Archaereta dorsivittella
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Melbourne, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a shelter made of leaves of their foodplant joined with silk. They feed on species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of has grey or brown forewings each with a white line along the inner margin. The hindwings are pale brown shading darker at the margins. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

    Archaereta dorsivittella
    (Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.

    Archaereta dorsivittella
    (Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddells Creek, Victoria)


    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. 258, 260-262.

    Francis Walker,
    Tortricites & Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 538, No. 26.


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    (written 6 January 2017)