Acantholena siccella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Eulechria fulvitincta Turner, 1938)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Acantholena siccella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on the dead leaves of various species of MYRTACEAE in the genera :

  • Eucalyptus, and
  • Melaleuca.

    The adult moths are grey with dark spots and speckles on each forewing. The hindwings are pale grey. 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 II: The Chezala, Philobota and Eulechria groups (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 5,
    CSIRO Publishing, 1997, pp. 208-211, 214.

    Francis Walker,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Volume 29 (1864), p. 643.


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    (written 13 October 2014, 10 January 2015)