Antipterna trilicella (Meyrick, 1885)
(formerly known as Ocystola trilicella)
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Antipterna trilicella
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

This Caterpillar has been found in a shelter made from a dead leaf joined with silk to a live leaf of its foodplant:

  • Forest Red Gum ( Eucalyptus tereticornis, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moths of this species have a white head and a black thorax. The forewings are white each with a black base, two curving brown bands, and a dark brown margin. The hindwings are grey-brown fading towards the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in:

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales, and
  • Victoria.


    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. 310, 312-314.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Description of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera, XII Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 9, Issue 4 (1885), p. 1081.


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    (written 25 October 2014, 10 January 2015)