(formerly known as Philobota hemicroca)
OECOPHORINAE, OECOPHORIDAE, GELECHIOIDEA
(Photo: courtesy of Ken Harris, Genoa Peak Car Park, Victoria)
The adult moths of this species have yellow forewings, each with grey fringes along the margin, and with a variable dark mark at the tornus. The hindwings are dark brown. The head is yellow. The thorax is yellow with a brown stripe each side. The wingspan is about 2.4 cms.
The species is easily confused with Parergophela melirrhoa, although this generally has a deeper colour than Telocharacta hemicroca.
The species has been found in Australia in:
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. 260, 263.
Oswald B. Lower,
Descriptions of new species of Xysmatodoma, etc.,
Transactions of the Royal Society of South Australia,
Volume 27 (1903), p. 223.
(written 10 March 2019)