Hemibela trigonoptera (Turner, 1940)
(previously known as Eccoena trigonoptera)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley


(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The Caterpillars of this species are thought to live in a hollowed out twig which they carry around. The caterpillars probably feed on various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    The caterpillars are thought to pupate in their twig, anchoring it to a branch or convenient object.

    The adult moths of this species have brown forewings each with a pale orange patch at the tornus, and an orange fringe of hairs along the margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    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. 323, 326, 329.

    Alfred Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oceophoridae. IX,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 65 (1940), p. 424.


    previous
    back
    caterpillar
    Australian
    Australian Butterflies
    butterflies
    Australian
    home
    caterpillars
    Australian
    Australian Moths
    moths
    next
    next
    caterpillar

    (updated 27 January 2010, 10 January 2015)