Oenochroa lactella (Walker, 1864)
(erroneously Oenochroa laetella Turner, 1896)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species was found on a:

  • Gum Tree ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ),

    between leaves joined with silk. It was buff coloured with a broad dark brown dorso-lateral line each side, a thin dark dorsal line, white between segments, and a pale brown head. It grew to a length of about 1.5 cms.

    It pupated in its leafy shelter.


    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth had grey patterned forewings, and yellow hindwings each with a black border. The moth has a wing span of about 2.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Western Australia,
  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Tasmania.

    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, p. 424.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Australian Lepidoptera of the group Geometrites,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), p. 13.

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 648, No. 360.


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    (updated 21 December 2009, 17 September 2018)