Palimmeces variegata (Meyrick, 1883)
(previously known as Eulechria variegata)
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 ).

    The adult moth has dark brown forewings with off-white markings, including a large white area at the base of each forewing. The hindwings are plain pale brown. 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, 10 January 2015)