Oenochroa species A
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

This Caterpillar is bluish white with two brown lateral stripes. It feeds on the foliage of:

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    and lives a in shelter of leaves joined by silk. It grows to a length of about 1.5 cms.

    The caterpillar pupates in its shelter.


    (Specimen: courtesy of Merlin Crossley, Melbourne, Victoria)

    The forewings of the adult moths are grey flecked with darker grey, and marked by a white inner line. The hindwings are pale orange. The moths have a wing span of about 1.5 cms.

    The species was found in Victoria.


    Further reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. x, 18, 20, 52,163, 417-425, 428.


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    (updated 7 October 2012, 18 October 2013)