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

Palimmeces hemiphanes
(Photo: courtesy of Kristi Ellingsen & Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania)

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

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has off-white forewings, each with black markings, including several black spots, and black marks along the costa. The hindwings are plain grey-brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland,
  • 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, p. 326.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidotera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 7, Part 4 (1882), pp. 529-530, No. 88.


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    (written 13 February 2017)