Garrha ocellifera (Meyrick, 1888)
(previously known as Euryplaca ocellifera)
Wingia Group,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


The Caterpillars of this species construct a case from two oval pieces of dead foodplant leaf joined with silk, one piece larger than the other. The caterpillars have been found feeding on dead leaves trapped under loose bark on the trunks of

  • Sydney Red Gum ( Angophora costata, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in their case.

    The adult moth has pale brown wings, with a large dark spot near the middle of each forewing. It has a wingspan of about 1.5 cms.


    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, 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. 294, 295, 301.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, VIII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 488-489.


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    (updated 18 August 2011, 10 January 2015)