Catacometes hemiscia (Meyrick, 1883)
(one synonym : Machimia picturata Turner, 1946)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Catacometes hemiscia
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Wunghnu, Victoria)

This Caterpillar has been found in a shelter composed of adjacent leaves joined with silk. The caterpillar was feeding on the living leaves of a

  • Gum Tree ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The moths have forewings that are dark brown, each with a broad ragged white band along the costa curving around the wingtip to become a submarginal white band. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    Catacometes hemiscia
    (Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Wunghnu, Victoria)

    The species is found in:

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


    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. 284, 286.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Lepidoptera Oecophoridae VIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 472.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera VIII Oecophoridae XIII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 61.


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    (written 21 October 2013, 10 January 2015)