Garrha limbata (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Heliocausta limbata)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha limbata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species construct a case from two oval pieces of dead foodplant leaf joined with silk, one piece larger than the other. The caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in their case.

    The adult moth of this species has pale brown wings, with purplish-brown patches on the forewings, and dark margins on the hindwings. It has a wingspan of about 2 cms.

    The species has been observed in the east of Australia, including:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • South 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. 295, 300.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 471.


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    (updated 11 May 2009, 10 January 2015)