(formerly known as Eulechria xylopterella Meyrick, 1883)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Donald Hobern, Blackheath, New South Wales)
The Caterpillar of this species is expected to feed on dead leaves, as do others in this genus Eulechria, although different species in this genus seem each to prefer different host plants. The caterpillar probably lives in a tubular silk lined gallery, incorporating debris and frass, in amongst the dead leaves.
The caterpillar probably pupates in a larger and looser chamber at one end of the gallery.
The adult moth has buff forewings, each with a broken brown line from base to margin. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in:
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, p. 369.
Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera VIII Oecophoridae,
Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
Volume 7, Part 4 (1883), p. 543.
(updated 1 November 2012, 10 January 2015)