Wingia lambertella (Wing, [1850])
Pink Leaf Moth
(previously known as Palparia lambertella)
Wingia Group,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley
and
Mike & Pat Coupar

Wingia lambertella
(Photo from: "Flying Colours", Coupar & Coupar, 1992)

This species was named after Mr Lambert who reared the type specimen from a Caterpillar.

Wingia lambertella
drawing by William Wing, listed as Palparia lambertella,

Characters of three new Genera and Species of Lepidoptera,
Proceedings of the Zoolological Society of London, 1849, Plate 14, fig 5,
image courtesy of Internet Archive, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.

The caterpillars are brownish green, and covered in sparse white hairs. The caterpillars feed on various species of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ),

    and live in shelters of partly eaten and dead leaves joined by silk, and partly covered in frass. They grow to a length of about 2 cms.

    The caterpillars pupate in their shelter

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

    The moths have a wingspan of up to 4 cm. The forewings are pink with yellow lines, and the hindwings can be pink or yellow.

    Wingia lambertella
    (Specimen: courtesy of the The Australian Museum)

    The species has been found in:

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

    Wingia lambertella
    drawing by William Wing, listed as Palparia lambertella,

    Characters of three new Genera and Species of Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Zoolological Society of London, Volume 105 (1849), Plate 14, fig 4,
    image courtesy of Internet Archive, digitized by Natural History Museum Library, London.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.13, p. 223.

    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. xi, 11 ,15, 17, 20-21, 50, 236, 242-246.

    Pat and Mike Coupar,
    Flying Colours,
    New South Wales University Press, Sydney 1992, p. 81.

    William Wing,
    Characters of three new Genera and Species of Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Zoolological Society of London,
    1849, p. 105, and also Plate 14, figs. 4, 5.


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    (updated 7 October 2012, 29 October 2017)