Prionocris protoxantha (Meyrick, 1883)
(formerly known as Heliocausta protoxantha)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Prionocris protoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth has brown forewings, each with a number of black dots. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, 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. 276, 278.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), pp. 480-481.


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    (written 23 October 2014)