Leptocroca sanguinolenta Meyrick, 1886
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Leptocroca sanguinolenta

The Caterpillar of this species forms a flimsy silk shelter amongst the dead leaves on ground. It has been found feeding on the dead leaves of

  • Candlebark ( Eucalyptus rubida, MYRTACEAE ).

    Leptocroca sanguinolenta
    (Specimen: courtesy of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney)

    The forewings of the adult moths of this species are pale grey-brown with a black knobbly streak along the length of each forewing. The hindwings are off-white. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found in

  • New Zealand,

    and in Australia in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria, and
  • South Australia.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. 16, 235, 243-247.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 10, Number 4 (1886), pp. 775-776, No. 419.


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    (written 4 February 2017)