Philobota chionoptera Meyrick, 1884
Philobota hydara Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota chionoptera
(Photo: courtesy of John Bundock, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory)

The Caterpillars of this species have been found feeding on

  • Couch Grass ( Cynodon dactylon, POACEAE ).

    Philobota chionoptera
    (Photo: courtesy of John Bundock, Paddys River, Australian Capital Territory)

    The forewings of the adult moth are off-white with a brown line along the costa. The females also have some thin brown streaks radiating from base to the margin. The hindwings are similar to the forewings but without the costal streak. The wingspan is about 2.5 cms.

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

    The species has been found in

  • Queensland,
  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Victoria.


    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, 269.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera: Part X,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 8, Part 4 (1884), pp. 472, 494, No. 210.


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    (written 1 June 2018)