Philobota mathematica (Meyrick, 1883)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are each fawn with a speckling of small darker spots, a triangular dark mark near the middle of the costa, and a dark band around the base. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Philobota mathematica
showing underside
(Photo: courtesy of Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales.

    This name Philobota mathematica Group is applied to a set of related species in the genus Philobota which includes

  • Philobota cosmocrates,
  • Philobota crypsichola,
  • Philobota delochorda,
  • Philobota dysphorata,
  • Philobota ennephela,
    Philobota futilis,
    Philobota latifissella,
    Philobota lysizona,
  • Philobota marcens,
    Philobota mathematica,
  • Philobota melanoxantha,
  • Philobota microxantha,
  • Philobota nephelarcha,
  • Philobota obliviosa,
  • Philobota perixantha,
  • Philobota phaeodelta,
  • Philobota prepodes,
    Philobota thiocrossa,
  • Philobota thiogramma,
  • Philobota xanthodisca, and
    Philobota xiphistola.

  • 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. 268, 273, 281, 282, 284.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part IX Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 8, Part 4 (1884), p. 488, No. 200.


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    (written 17 September 2018, updated 9 October 2018)