Aristeis hepialella (Walker, 1864)
(previously known as Oecophora hepialella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley & Ian McMillan

Aristeis hepialella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar lives under a shelter constructed of overlapping plates of Eucalyptus leaf, and bordered with silk-lined frass.

Aristeis hepialella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The caterpillar has been found feeding on:

  • Narrow-leaved Ironbark ( Eucalpytus crebra, MYRTACEAE ).

    Aristeis hepialella
    cocoon attached to bark
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The cocoon is formed on the bark of the food tree, and again decorated with frass.

    Aristeis hepialella
    (Photo: courtesy of Buck Richardson, Kuranda, Queensland)

    The adult moth has yellow forewings, each with two dark-edged white flashes, and sundry darker markings. The hindwings are dark brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Aristeis hepialella
    male
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

    The species has been found in:

  • Northern Territory,
  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.

    Aristeis hepialella
    female
    (Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)


    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. 20, 341, 342, 344, 345.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 181.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1864), pp. 1033-1034.


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    (updated 2 June 2013, 10 January 2015)