Philobota ellenella (Newman, 1856)
(one synonym : Philobota catascia Meyrick, 1884)
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 white forewings which have dark brown subcostal and a submarginal bands. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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.

The species has been found in:

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


    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))