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

Thema psammoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

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 yellow forewings each with a brown band along the inner margin, and a brown streak originating at the. tornus. In males this brown streak stops in the middle of the wing. In females the streak is longer, curving round to end at the base. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • 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, pp. 172-174, 176.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoriidae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), pp. 755.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)