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

Tachystola hemisema
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Melbourne, Victoria)

This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of various

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar lives in a shelter constructed by joining leaves with silk.

    The adult moths of this species have yellow forewings each with two black marks on the inner margin, one large and one small, and with a brown-edged orange submarginal band. The hindwings are a translucent brown with dark veins.

    The species has been found in :

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


    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. 81-85.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), pp. 1063-1064, No. 366.


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    (written 1 February 2017)