Eulechria hymenaea Meyrick, 1902
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eulechria hymenaea
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.

The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.

The adult moth has pale yellow forewings which have dark brown bands at the base and near the margin. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • 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, p. 365.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of New Species of Lepidoptera (Oecophoridae),
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 26 (1902), p. 149.


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    (written 3 November 2012, 10 January 2015)