Eulechria platyrrhabda Turner, 1937
(one synonym: Euphiltra phanerozona Turner, 1945)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eulechria platyrrhabda
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.

The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.

The adult moth has brown forewings which each have two white bands and a white margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:

  • Queensland.


    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, pp. 355, 368.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae VI,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 62, Parts 3-4 (1937), p. 88.


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    (updated 4 August 2010, 10 January 2015)