Tachystola thiasotis (Meyrick, 1885)
(one synonym is Philobota pyrsopa Meyrick, 1921)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Tachystola thiasotis
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)

This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of various

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The caterpillars pupate in a cocoon, with no frass, which is so flimsy that the pupa can be seen inside.

    The adult moths of this species have yellow forewings each with a broad brown or yellow band along the margin with dark brown and red edges. The hindwings are translucent pale brown darkening towards the wingtips. The head is yellow and the thorax is dark brown.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, 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. 78, 80-85.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-lepidoptera XII Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Number 4 (1885), p. 1059, No. 365.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepideoptera,
    Volume 2 (1921), p. 385.


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    (written 1 February 2017)