Compsotropha strophiella Meyrick, 1884
Wingia Group,   OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)

The Caterpillars of this species are off-white and sluggish. They live in a shelter consisting of foodplant leaves joined with silk, lined with a waxy white powder. The caterpillars feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth has white forewings, each with a broken dark brown line across the middle, and a ragged dark brown submarginal band. The hindwings are white shading to brown at the margins. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species is found over much of Australia, including

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria,
  • Tasmania,
  • 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. 361, 363, 364.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae X (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8 (1884), p. 513.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)