Philobota limenarcha Meyrick, 1913
(one synonym : Nephogenes dulcescens Meyrick, 1913)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota limenarcha
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has white forewings each crossed by two irregular brown bands. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the edges. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in eastern Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    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, p. 275.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 1, Part 4 (1913), p. 123.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 1, Part 5 (1913), pp. 130-131.


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    (written 22 January 2015)