Philobota cirrhocephala (Turner, 1917)
(one synonym is Eulechria molybdea Turner, 1938)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

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

The adult moths of this species have brown forewings, each having patchy patterns including two wide ragged off-white bands. The hindwings are pale brown darkening at the wingtips. The moths reach a wingspan of about 2 cms.

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland.

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

  • Philobota cirrhocephala, and
  • Philobota trigonosema.

  • 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. 268,277, 287, 289, 291.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Studies in Australian Lepidoptera,
    Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
    Volume 41 (1917), pp. 96-97.

    A. Jefferis Turner,
    Revision of Australian Lepidoptera. Oecophoridae. VII,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 63 (1938), p. 37, No. 772.


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    (written 27 November 2018)