Opsitycha squalidella (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Philobota squalidella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Opsitycha squalidella
(Photo: courtesy of Kristi Ellingsen & Tony Daley, Insects of Tasmania)

The adult moth has brown forewings, each with black and white patches. The hindwings are off-white shading to pale brown at the wingtips. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • South Australia, and
  • Western 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.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, X Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 8, Part 4 (1886), p. 496.


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    (written 13 February 2017)