Aeolothapsa malacella (Meyrick, 1885)
(previously known as Ocystola malacella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Aeolothapsa malacella
(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to feed on dead leaves of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalypt species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has yellow forewings that each have a brown margin and a vague brown V shaped line. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    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, pp. 58, 59-62.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Issue 4 (1885), pp. 1064-1065.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 23 April 2014, 10 January 2015)