Thema macroscia (Meyrick, 1889)
(previously known as Pleurota macroscia)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema macroscia
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillar of this species feeds on fallen dead leaves.

Thema macroscia
(oops: missing one labial palp)
(Photo: courtesy of Alison Milton, Higgins, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth has pale yellow forewings each with several dark brown markings, including a dark brown sub-costal stripe, a submarginal band, and a jagged stripe along the hind margin The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

Thema macroscia
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The moth has a pair of hairy labial palps, each as long as the thorax, usually held extended out in front of the head, each palp ending in a curved spine held at right angles.

The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.4, p. 224.

    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. 173-177.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Part 3 (1889), p. 1651.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 18 October 2018)