Philobota impletella (Walker, 1869)
(one synonym : Symmoca herodiella R Felder and Rogenhofer, 1875)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

The adult moth has white forewings with a pattern of thick dark brown lines. The hindwings are pale brown. The moth has a wingspan of about 2 cms.


male, drawing by Felder & Rogenhofer, listed as Symmoca herodiella
,
Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), Plate CXL, fig. 31,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species is found in the south-eastern quarter of mainland Australia, including

  • 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. 268, 276, 282-284.

    Rudolf Felder & Alois F. Rogenhofer,
    Zoologisher Theil,
    Reise der Osterreichischen Fregatte Novara,
    Band 2, Abtheilung 2 (5) (1875), p. 18, and also Plate 140, fig. 31.

    Francis Walker,
    Characters of undescribed Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    Published by E. W. Janson, London, 1869, p. 87, No. 50.


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    (updated 1 November 2012)