Phytotrypa pretiosella (Walker, 1863)
(previously Psecadia pretiosella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Dr David G. Hewitt, Wonthaggi Heathland, Victoria)

The adult moth of this species has golden forewings each of which have stripes of white and red along the costa, and pink around the margin. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 3 cms.


(Photo: courtesy of Lorraine Jenkins, Port Lincoln, South Australia)

The species has been found in:

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


    (Photo: courtesy of Dr David G. Hewitt, Wonthaggi Heathland, Victoria)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 4.18, p. 223.

    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. 205, 206.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 28 (1863), p. 538.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 11 May 2017)