Euchaetis holoclera Meyrick, 1888
(also known as Heliocausta holoclera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


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

This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the foliage of various trees in the family MYRTACEAE, and to live singly in a shelter constructed by joining some leaves of the food plant with silk, retaining frass within the shelter.

The caterpillar pupates within its webbed shelter.

The adult moth of this species has pale brown forewings, each often with two prominent dark spots. The hindwings are white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Tasmania, 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, 1994, p. 269.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XIV Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 940.


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    (written 21 October 2014, updated 10 January 2015)