Barea dryocoetes (Meyrick, 1884)
(one synonym : Gelechia strophiopeda Lower, 1894)
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Barea dryocoetes
((Photo: courtesy of David Akers, Won Wron, Victoria)

The moths of this species have off-white forewings, each with extensive pale brown markings, and several dark brown blobs of varying sizes. The hindwings are off-white, shading to brown at the wingtips. The labial palps are long, and are normally held curving upward in front of the head. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

The species is native to Australia, occurring in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III:
    The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae)
    ,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, fig. 243, p. 154, 169.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9 (1884), pp. 788-789, No. 344.


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    (written 9 November 2017)