Lonchoptena episcota (Meyrick, 1889)
(one synonym is Ocystola metachalca Turner, 1944)
OTHER OECOPHORINAE
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The moths of this species have a speckled brown forewings each with white bands at the base, across the middle, and vaguely along the margin. The hindwings are a plain fawn colour. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales.


    Further reading :

    Ian F.B. Common,
    Oecophorine Genera of Australia III: The Barea Group and Unplaced Genera (Lepidoptera: Oecophoridae),
    Monographs on Australian Lepidoptera Volume 8,
    CSIRO Publishing, 2000, pp. 18, 398, 400-401, 416.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 13 (1889), pp. 1664-1665, No. 723 (379a).

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. XI,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 69 (1944), pp. 55-56.


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    (written 2 December 2018)