Philobota argotoxa Meyrick, 1889
(one synonym is Eulechria metaxutha Turner, 1938)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota argotoxa
(Photo: courtesy of Andrew Mitchell)

The adult moths of this species are brown, with forewings having a central broad white streak containing two or three dark spots, and a broad pale streak along the hind margin. The hindwings are brown. The moths reach a wingspan of about 2.5 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • South Australia.

    The name Philobota argotoxa Group is applied to a set of related species in the genus Philobota which includes

  • Philobota argotoxa,
  • Philobota cephalochrysa,
  • Philobota dichotoma,
  • Philobota enchalca,
  • Philobota glaucoptera,
  • Philobota orthotoma, and
  • Philobota xiphopepla.

  • 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. 268, 273, 278-280.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera II,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3 (1889), p. 1608, No. 636 (190b).

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. VII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 63 (1938), p. 36, No. 766.


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    (written 27 November 2018)