Garrha repandula (Zeller, 1855)
(one synonym is Cryptolechia scitipunctella Walker, 1869)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Garrha repandula
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Morwell National Park, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found living on the ground feeding on dead leaves of various species of MYRTACEAE. The caterpillars live and eventually pupate in an oval case constructed from two pieces of dead leaf joined with silk.

The adult moth has brown forewings each often with many vague dark spots. The hindwings are off-white darkening toward the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in :

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


    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. 298, 301.

    Philipp C. Zeller,
    Nachtrag zu den im 9. Bande der Linnea Ent. beschriebenen Arten des Genus Cryptolechia,
    Linnaea Entomologica,
    Volume 10 (1855), p. 150, No. 3-4b, Fig. 3.


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    (written 22 January 2017)