Isomoralla gephyrota (Meyrick, 1884)
(previously known as Coesyra gephyrota)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Isomoralla gephyrota
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

This Caterpillar is thought to feed on the dead leaves of various

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth of this species has off-white forewings each with some scattered brown dots, and four bent brown transverse bands, including a very dark band at the base. The hindwings are pale brown, darkening toward the wingtips. The head is white, and the thorax dark brown. The wingspan is about 1.5 cms.

    The species has been found in :

  • Queensland, and
  • New South Wales (listed as Isomoralla geophyrota).


    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. 256, 258.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidoptera. XI. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 1, Volume 9, Part 3 (1884), p. 788, No. 343.


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    (written 31 December 2018)