Parocystola leucospora Turner, 1896
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

This Caterpillar has been found feeding on the phyllodes of a

  • Broad-leaf Wattles ( Acacia species, MIMOSACEAE ).

    The caterpillar creates a shelter from two phyllodes joined with silk.

    For pupation, the caterpillar constructs a shelter from two ellipical pieces of phyllode joined with silk and attached firmly with silk to some nearby object.

    The adult moth has brown forewings, each often with a dark-edged white spot near the middle. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 191-193, 199.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Descriptions of New Lepidoptera from Queensland,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 20 (1896), p. 30.


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    (written 22 October 2014, updated 15 January 2015)