Philobota ellenella (Newman, 1856)
(one synonym : Philobota catascia Meyrick, 1884)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota ellenella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has dark brown forewings which have one or more pale streaks along the wing and along the margin. The hindwings are yellow. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Philobota ellenella
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.

    Philobota ellenella
    drawing by Edward Newman and G.H. Ford, listed as Oecophora ellenella
    ,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume 3 (1856), Plate XVIII, fig. 3,
    image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.


    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, Melbourne 1997, p. 274.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 295, and also Plate 18, fig.3.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 17 October 2013, 18 May 2014, 20 October 2018)