Ironopolia sobriella (Walker, 1863)
(previously known as Depressaria sobriella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Ironopolia sobriella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species live and feed in a shelter consisting of two dead foodplant leaves joined with silk and frass. The caterpillars feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The mature caterpillar cuts an oval section of its shelter to form a case in which to pupate.

    The adult moth has pale brown forewings with dark spots on them. The hindwings are plain brown. The wingspan is just under 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western 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. 170-173.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 29 (1864), pp. 565-566.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)