Thema protogramma (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Pleurota protogramma)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Thema protogramma
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

Caterpillars of other species in this genus feed on the dead leaves of various tree species in ground leaf litter, and the caterpillars of this species are expected to do the same.

The adult moth has pale brown forewings each with several dark streaks. The hindwings are dark brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in:

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


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, fig. 22.4, p. 224.

    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. 173, 176, 177, 195.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), pp. 751.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)