Eochrois sarcoxantha (Lower, 1893)
(one synonym is Machimia zelota Turner, 1916)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species live in silk shelters formed by joining leaves with silk of their foodplant. The caterpillars have been found feeding on

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths are pale brown with brown and orange markings including dark edges, a dark spot in the middle, and a vague dark diagonal band, on each forewing. The hindwings are pale yellow. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, 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. 95, 97.

    Oswald B. Lower,
    New Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 17 (1893), p. 176.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Microlepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 41 (1916), p. 370.


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    (written 22 January 2017)