(one synonym is Philobota pyrsopa Meyrick, 1921)
OECOPHORINAE , OECOPHORIDAE , GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Cathy Powers, Brisbane Ranges, Victoria)
This Caterpillar feeds on dead leaves of various
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 :
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.
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.
Volume 2 (1921), p. 385.
(written 1 February 2017)