Telanepsia stockeri Common & Horak, 1994
(previously known as Goniobela stockeri)
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


This Caterpillar feeds on the droppings of Koalas. The caterpillar spends its whole life in a single dropping, On maturity, it pupates in a cocoon inside its dropping, but bores an exit hole in the surface of the dropping which it plugs with one end of the pupa.

The adult moth is a plain dark brown.

The species was first described in 1994, and named after a senior executive in the CSIRO: Dr John Stocker. A picture of the moth is now used on the labels of Stocker's Wines.

The species has been found in

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    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. 131, 133, 134.

    Ian F.B. Common & Marianne Horak,
    Four new species of Telanepsia Turner (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae) with larvae feeding on koala and possum scats,
    Invertebrate Taxonomy,
    Volume 8 (1994), pp. 809-828.

    Paul Zborowski & Ted Edwards,
    A Guide to Australian Moths,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2007, p. 71.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 17 March 2015)