Phloeograptis obliquata (T.P. Lucas, 1900)
(one synonym : Machimia mitosema Turner, 1916)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Phloeograptis obliquata
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on dead leaves of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings covered in dark streaks. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 51, 54.

    Thomas Pennington Lucas,
    New Species of Queensland Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of Queensland,
    Volume 15 (1900), pp. 160-161.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Microlepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 41, No.2 (1916), p. 373.


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    (written 23 October 2014, updated 15 January 2015)