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

Palimmeces habrophanes
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Tarra-Bulga National Park, Victoria)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings with white splotches. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    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. 321, 326.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidotera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume VII, Part IV (1882), pp. 532-533, No. 91.


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    (written 28 January 2017)