Olbonoma leptospila (Meyrick, 1889)
(formerly known as Ocystola leptospila)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

These Caterpillars feed on dead leaves of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars live in galleries of silk, frass, and soil between two joined leaves in leaf litter. They pupate in a silk coccoon in amongst the litter.

    The adult moths of this species have pale yellow head, with dark brown colouring the thorax and the basal half of the costa. The forewings are pale yellow each with two brown dots near the middle, and a curving brown band at the margin. The hindwings are pale brown fading towards the bases. Thw wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 226-227.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3 (1889), pp. 1654-1655.


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    (written 25 October 2014, updated 14 January 2015)