Hemibela hemicalypta (Meyrick, 1885)
(previously known as Ocystola callista)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Hemibela hemicalypta
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa Falls, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a hollowed out twig which they carry around. The caterpillars probably feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars are thought to pupate in their twig, anchoring it to a branch or convenient object.

    The adult moths have brown forewings each with an orange fringe of hairs along the margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Victoria.


    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. 323-325, 327, 328.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), p. 1061.


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    (written 23 January 2015)