Tachystola stenoptera (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Coesyra stenoptera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tachystola stenoptera
(Photo: courtesy of Brian Cartwright, Adelaide Hills, South Australia)

This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of various

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillar lives in a shelter constructed by joining leaves with silk.

    The adult moths of this species have yellow forewings each with a broad black-edged brown margin. The hindwings are plain brown.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania, and
  • South Australia.


    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. 81, 83-85.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), p. 780.


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    (updated 18 April 2011, 9 January 2015)