(one synonym : Eulechria eualdes Turner, 1938)
Philobota laxeuta Group
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)
These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of
The adult moth has patchy white and brown forewings with dark markings, including a dark submarginal line and a submarginal arc of dark spots. The hindwings are pale brown fading to white at the bases. The wingspan is about 2 cms.
The species has been found in eastern Australia, including:
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. 267, 271.
A. Jefferis Turner,
Descriptions of Micro-Lepidoptera from Queensland,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume XX (1896) pp. 11-12.
(written 23 October 2014, updated 10 January 2015)