Placocosma resumptella (Walker, 1864
(one synonym: Euphiltra orthozona, Lower, 1920)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Placocosma resumptella
(Photo: courtesy of Jenny Holmes, Great Western, Victoria)

The adult moth has a white head, and dark brown forewings, each with a white markings, includig a broad white area at the base, and a white patch on the costa. At rest the brown scales on the thorax are erected like a crest, and the tornus of each forewing are held together curving upward. The wingspan is up to 2 cms.

Placocosma resumptella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Western 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. 152, 166, 168, 169.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions and proceedings of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 44 (1920), p. 64.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), p. 681.


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    (updated 16 September 2013)