Philobota pedetis Meyrick, 1884
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota pedetis
(Photo: courtesy of Peter Marriott, Riddells Creek, Victoria)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The forewings of the adult moth of this species are each speckled grey with a scattering of small darker spots, especially around the margin, sometimes a triangular dark mark near the middle of the inner margin, and a dark band around the base. The hindwings are off-white darkening towards the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further Reading:

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1997, p.275.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part IX Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 8, Part 4 (1884), p. 488, No. 200.


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    (written 28 January 2017)