Notodryas vallata Meyrick, 1897
OECOPHORINAE ,   OECOPHORIDAE ,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Notodryas vallata
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Aranda, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species live in small groups in a shelter made from two leaves of its foodplant joined together with silk and frass. The caterpillars feed on the leaves of various species of

  • Gum Trees ( Eucalyptus, MYRTACEAE ).

    The adult moth of this species has white forewings each with a narrow brown band at the base, and a broad brown marginal band connected to a brown band across the middle. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 1 cm.

    The species has been found in :

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


    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. 240-242.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. I,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 22, (1897), p. 428, No. 249.


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    (updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)