Euchaetis rhizobola (Meyrick, 1888)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Euchaetis rhizobola

This Caterpillar is green with white intersegmental rings. It lives in a tubular silk shelter that it spins in a curled leaf of its food plant. The caterpillar feeds on :

  • various species of Gum Trees ( MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar grows to a length of about 3 cms.

    Euchaetis rhizobola
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    The adult moth has rusty brown forewings with a metallic silver pattern consisting of curved arcs along the costa and a subterminal dotted line. The hindwings are silky white. Each wing has a hairy fringe. The moths have a wingspan of about 3 cms.

    Euchaetis rhizobola
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The species may be found over much of Australia, including:

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

    Euchaetis rhizobola
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common ,  
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, pl. 23.14, p. 222.

    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. 266, 268, 270.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XIV Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 2, Part 4 (1888), p. 937.

    Buck Richardson,
    Tropical Queensland Wildlife from Dusk to Dawn Science and Art,
    LeapFrogOz, Kuranda, 2015, p. 181.


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    (updated 3 November 2012, 18 October 2013, 16 December 2014, 10 January 2015)