Heliocausta oecophorella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym is Heliocausta eudoxa Meyrick, 1886)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Heliocausta oecophorella
brown spotted form
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Upper Ferntree Gully, Victoria)

The Caterpillar of this species initially joins live green leaves together with silk to form a shelter. Later it cuts the leaf stems and feeds on the dead leaves on ground. It has been found feeding on

  • Yellow Gum ( Eucalyptus leucoxylon, MYRTACEAE ).

    The forewings of the adult moths of this species are sometimes yellow, each with a dark brown along the margin extending partly along the inner margin. Other specimens are brown, sometimes reddish, with a smattering of vague dark spots. The hindwings are yellow, each with a brown band along the margin. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western Australia.


    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. 270-274, 281.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 10, Number 4 (1886), pp. 831-832, No. 518 (43a).

    Francis Walker,
    Tineites,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 760.


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    (written 3 February 2017)