Philobota laxeuta (Meyrick, 1913)
(formerly known as Nephogenes laxeuta)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota laxeuta
(Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

The adult moths of this species are vary from pale to dark brown, with variable grey streaks and spots near the middle of each forewing. The undersides are also dark brown. The moths reach a wingspan of about 2 cms.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • Queensland.

    Philobota laxeuta
    underside
    (Photo: courtesy of Graeme Cocks, Townsville, Queensland)

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

  • Philobota abductella,
  • Philobota achranta,
  • Philobota acompsa,
  • Philobota amblopis,
  • Philobota ameles,
  • Philobota apora,
  • Philobota atmopis,
  • Philobota atrisignis,
  • Philobota austalea,
  • Philobota barytera,
  • Philobota basiphaia,
  • Philobota brachystoma,
  • Philobota candida,
  • Philobota celaenopa,
  • Philobota clastosticha,
  • Philobota comarcha,
  • Philobota crassinervis,
  • Philobota crossoxantha,
  • Philobota cyphocentra,
  • Philobota delosema,
  • Philobota egena,
  • Philobota ellenella,
  • Philobota eremotropha,
  • Philobota euzancla,
  • Philobota heptasticta,
  • Philobota hexasticta,
  • Philobota homophyla,
  • Philobota hylophila,
  • Philobota ignava,
  • Philobota immemor,
  • Philobota incompta,
  • Philobota isonoma,
  • Philobota laxeuta,
  • Philobota limenarcha,
  • Philobota macrostola,
  • Philobota melanogypsa,
  • Philobota monoides,
  • Philobota ochlophila,
  • Philobota orescoa,
  • Philobota ortholoma,
  • Philobota oxyptila,
  • Philobota pacifera,
  • Philobota pasteoptera,
  • Philobota productella,
  • Philobota profuga,
  • Philobota proscedes,
  • Philobota rhadinosticha,
  • Philobota rhipidura,
  • Philobota ruinosa,
  • Philobota sphenoleuca,
  • Philobota spodotis,
  • Philobota stella,
  • Philobota stenotypa,
  • Philobota syncolla,
  • Philobota syneches, and
  • Philobota tranquilla.

  • 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. 269, 271, 272, 275, 280.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Oecophoridę,
    Exotic Microlepidoptera,
    Published by Taylor and Francis, London,
    Volumes 1-5, Mar.1912-Nov.1937, 2nd edn, p. 129.


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    (written 5 November 2012, updated 3 Decmber 2018)