Scatochresis innumera (Meyrick, 1889)
(previously known as Coesyra innumera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Scatochresis innumera
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the dung of

  • Brushtailed Possum ( Trichosurus vulpecula ).

    The caterpillar spends its whole time feeding inside a single scat. The caterpillar pupates in its scat.

    The adult moth of this species has a white thorax, and has white forewings covered in lots of dark wavy lines, with some dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in Australia in:

  • 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, pp. 118, 120.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3 (1889), p. 1660.

    Paul Zborowski and Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 65.


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    (written 10 November 2012, updated 10 January 2015)