Heteroteucha occidua (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Coesyra occidua)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Heteroteucha occidua
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

These Caterpillars live on the ground, and feed on dead leaves of various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have yellow forewings each with an incomplete brown submarginal band and some brown spots. The hindwings are a shiny pale yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia I:
    The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae)
    ,
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 119, 121.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. X. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8, Part 4 (1884), p. 507.


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    (updated 16 May 2011, 12 January 2015)