OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)
The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.
The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.
This adult moth has off-white forewings, each with some black spots and a black line. The hindwings are a plain opalescent off-white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:
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, 1997, p. 364.
Volume 2, Part 16, (1922), p. 510.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)