Heteroteucha translatella (Walker, 1864)
(one synonym : Coesyra iozona, Meyrick, 1884)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Heteroteucha translatella
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species are striped. They live in a shelter consisting of dead foodplant leaves joined with silk and frass. The caterpillars feed on the dead leaves of various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars pupate in their shelter.

    The adult moths of this species have yellow forewings each with a broad dark edged brown margin, and a brown line across the middle. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory,
  • Victoria, and
  • Tasmania.


    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. 116, 118, 119, 122.

    Francis Walker,
    Catalogue of Lepidoptera Heterocera,
    List of the Specimens of Lepidopterous Insects in the Collection of the British Museum,
    Part 30 (1864), p. 1029.


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    (updated 18 February 2010, 12 January 2015)