Garrha leucerythra (Meyrick, 1883)
(formerly known as Hoplitica leucerythra)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha leucerythra
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Cape Liptrap, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living on the ground feeding on dead leaves of various species of MYRTACEAE. The caterpillars live and eventually pupate in an oval case constructed from two pieces of dead leaf joined with silk.

The adult moth has brown forewings each often with a few vague dark spots. The hindwings are off-white darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in :

  • 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. 298, 300.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera VIII: Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 494.


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    (written 22 January 2017)