Isomoralla eriscota (Meyrick, 1889)
(previously known as Philobota eriscota)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Isomoralla eriscota
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Australian Capital Territory)

This Caterpillar has been found on the ground in a shelter constructed of two dead leaves joined with silk. It was feeding on the dead leaves of various

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Isomoralla eriscota
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth of this species has pale brown forewings each with dark bands across them. The hindwings are pale brown. The head is white, and the thorax dark brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    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. 255, 256, 258.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3 (1889), pp. 1612-1613.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 23 October 2018)