Lophopepla igniferella (Walker, 1864)
(previously known as Hypercallia igniferella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Lophopepla igniferella
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species live in a shelter made of leaves of its foodplant joined together with silk. They have been found feeding on the leaves of plants in MYRTACEAE including:

  • Swamp Mahogany ( Lophostemon sauveolens ), and
  • Brush Box ( Lophostemon confertus ).

    The adult moths are small, reaching only a span of 1.5 cms. They have striking forewings with a network pattern of white, orange, and light and dark brown. The hindwings are plain pale brown

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 24, 75, 78, 80-82.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 182.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 670-671.


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    (updated 7 August 2010, 12 January 2015)