Euchaetis habrocosma Meyrick, 1883
(also known as Heliocausta habrocosma)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, and to live singly in a shelter constructed by joining some leaves of the food plant with silk, retaining frass within the shelter.

The caterpillar pupates within its webbed shelter.

The adult moth of this species has blotchy brown forewings, each with a vague pale area at the base which runs along the costa into main wing area. The hindwings are white. The wingspan is abot 2 cms.

The species may be found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.8, p. 222.

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1994, pp. 16, 258, 266-269.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 484.


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    (written 20 October 2014, updated 10 January 2015)