Eochrois epidesma (Meyrick, 1886)
(previously known as Heliocausta epidesma)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eochrois epidesma
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddell's Creek, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on MISTLETOES including:

  • Box Mistletoe ( Amyema miquelli, LORANTHACEAE ).

    The adult moth has yellow forewings, each with two, sometimes joined, metallic dark brown bars. The hindwings are brown, darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 24, 29, 95, 96.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII: Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 10, Number 4 (1886), p. 832, No. 519 (41a).


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    (writen 22 January 2017)