Palimmeces hemiphanes (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Eulechria hemiphanes)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
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 ).

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

    The adult moth has pale grey or brown forewings, each with darker black or brown markings, including several dark spots, and dark splodges along the costa. The hindwings are grey-brown, darkening toward the wingtips. 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, updated 25 October 2018)