Scatochresis episema (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Eulechria episema)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the dung of

  • Koalas ( Phascolarctos cinereus ).

    The caterpillar spends its whole time feeding inside a single scat. The caterpillar pupates in its scat.

    The adult moths have grey-brown forewings with black marks all over them. The hindwings are plain grey, fading toward the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

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


    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, pp. 117-120, 125.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. VIII. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 517.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)