Hieromantis ephodophora Meyrick, 1897
Hoop Pine Seed Moth
STATHMOPODINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, from
Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on the flowers and seeds of

  • Hoop Pine ( Araucaria cunninghamii, ARAUCARIACEAE ).


    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The adult moths are yellow with a pattern of white, grey, black, pink, and blue on each forewing, although the colours fade to various shades of brown in museum specimens. The hindwings are plain brown. The inner margin of each wing is heavily fringed with hairs. The wingspan is about 1 cm.


    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

    The species has been found in:

  • New Guinea,

    as well as in Australia in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia, Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.16, p. 226.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XVII. Elachistidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 22, Part 2 (1897), p. 315.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 183.


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    (updated 27 July 2013, 12 January 2015)