Philobota scitula (Turner, 1917)
(formerly known as Nephogenes scitula)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota scitula
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings each with a variable sparse grey or brown pattern of spots, and a sickle-shaped mark along the margin. The hindwings are off-white shading to brown at the edges. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Philobota scitula
(Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1997, p. 270.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 41 (1917), pp. 98-99.


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    (written 4 October 2018)