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

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

These caterpillars have been found feeding on leaves of

  • Tea Trees ( Leptospermum species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths have yellow forewings each with a broad pink margin. The hindwings are white, shading to pale brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South 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. 117, 119, 121.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part XI,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), p. 783.


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    (updated 15 May 2009, 12 January 2015)