(previously known as Oecophora arabella)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
Wendy Moore & Stella Crossley
(Photos: courtesy of Wendy Moore, Melbourne, Victoria)
This adult moth has orange forewings which have a broad brown hairy margin, a brown sub-costal stripe, and a brown stripe along the hind margin. The hindwings are brown. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms. The moths are found typically in September and October.
The species is found in dry grassy native woodlands in:
The name Philobota arabella Group is applied to a set of related species in the genus Philobota which includes
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, Melbourne 1997, pp. 262-264, 268, 277, 286.
Peter B. McQuillan, Jan A. Forrest, David Keane, & Roger Grund,
Caterpillars, moths, and their plants of Southern Australia,
Butterfly Conservation South Australia Inc., Adelaide (2019), pp. 48-49.
Characters of a few Australian Lepidoptera, Collected by Mr. Thomas R. Oxley,
Transactions of the Entomological Society of London,
New Series, Volume III, Number 8 (1856), p. 296, and also Plate 18, fig. 4.
(updated 1 November 2012, 4 December 2018)