Palimmeces leucomitra (Meyrick, 1884)
(one synonym is Eulechria leucostephana Turner, 1916)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Palimmeces leucomitra
(Photo: courtesy of John Bromilow, Ainslie, Australian Capital Territory)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has off-white forewings each with several variable irregular grey or dark brown areas and spots. The hindwings are brown darkening toward the wingtips. The head is white, and the thorax black or brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in south-eastern Australia, including:

  • New South Wales,
  • Australian Capital Territory, and
  • Tasmania.


    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, p. 326.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-Lepidotera, Part IX Oecophoridae (continued),
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 8 (1884), p. 488, No. 201.


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    (written 19 February 2020, updated 5 March 2020)