Palimmeces variegata (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Eulechria variegata)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Palimmeces variegata
(Photo: courtesy of Laura Levens, Upper Beaconsfield, Victoria)

These Caterpillars have been found feeding on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

    Palimmeces variegata
    (Photo: courtesy of CSIRO/BIO Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

    The adult moth has off-white forewings each with dark brown markings, including three dark splodges along the costa one at the base, one in the middle, and one at the wing tip. The hindwings are plain pale brown darkening toward the wingtips. The wingspan is about 1 cms.

    The species has been found in south-eastern Australia, including:

  • 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. 321-324, 327.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidotera,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume VII, Part IV (1882), pp. 528-529.


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    (updated 25 August 2010, 25 October 2018)