Palimmeces leucopelta (Meyrick, 1883)
(one synonym is Eulechria brontomorpha Meyrick, 1883)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Palimmeces leucopelta
digital composite
(Photo: courtesy of the Photography Group, Centre for Biodiversity Genomics, University of Guelph)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has brown forewings each with several variable irregular vague white patches. The hindwings are yellowish brown darkening toward the wingtips. The head is pale yellow, and the thorax brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

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

  • New South Wales, and
  • Australian Capital Territory.


    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,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Volume 7 (1883), pp. 530-531.


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    (written 11 December 2018)