Philobota stella (Newman, 1856)
(one synonym: Philobota crepera Meyrick, 1884)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota stella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moth of this species has white and dark brown speckled forewings which each have a white-edged black costa and several black spots. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

Philobota stella
drawing by Edward Newman and G.H. Ford, listed as Anesychia stella
,
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume 3 (1856), Plate XVIII, fig. 5,
image courtesy of Biodiversity Heritage Library, digitized by Smithsonian Libraries.

The species has been found in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, 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. 272, 278.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume VIII (1883), p. 484.

    Edward Newman,
    Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
    Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
    Series 2, Number 3 (1856), pp. 290-291, and also Plate 18, Fig. 5.


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    (updated 1 November 2012)