Eulechria tolmera (Turner, 1941)
(previously known as Tanyzancla tolmera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Eulechria tolmera
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Kondalilla Falls, Queensland)

The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.

The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.

The forewings of the adult moth of this species are yellow, with two sometimes vague brown bands across each forewing. The hindwings are plain brown, sometimes fading to yellow at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

Eulechria tolmera
(Photo: courtesy of Nick Monaghan, Kondalilla Falls, Queensland)

The species has been found in

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Moths of Australia,
    Melbourne University Press, 1990, plate 4.21, p. 224.

    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. 361, 369.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oceophoriddae X,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 66 (1941), p. 421, No. 1511.


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    (written 11 May 2014, updated 10 January 2015)