Syringoseca rhodoxantha (Meyrick, 1888)
(previously known as Heliocausta mimica)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Syringoseca rhodoxantha
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to live in a shelter consisting of foodplant leaves joined with silk. feeding on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species have cream forewings with rusty speckles. The hindwings are plain pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    Syringoseca rhodoxantha
    (Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

    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 I: The Wingia Group (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 3,
    CSIRO Publishing, Melbourne 1994, pp. 279, 282.

    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. 933.


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    (updated 28 May 2010, 10 January 2015)