Euchaetis inceptella (Walker, 1864)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Euchaetis inceptella
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Gunbower, Victoria)

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 with a red line along part of the costa, and several vague dark brown speckled diagonal bands. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • 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, Melbourne 1994, pp. 268-269.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 759, No. 136.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 16 December 2014, 10 January 2015)