Philobota limenarcha Meyrick, 1913
(one synonym : Nephogenes dulcescens Meyrick, 1913)
Philobota laxeuta Group
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Philobota limenarcha
(Photo: courtesy of Ian McMillan, Imbil, Queensland)

These Caterpillars are thought to feed on dead leaves, especially of

  • Gum trees ( Eucalyptus species, MYRTACEAE ).

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

    The adult moth has white forewings each crossed by two irregular brown bands. The hindwings are pale brown. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

    The species has been found in eastern Australia in:

  • Queensland.


    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. 275.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepidoptera,
    Volume 1, Part 4 (1913), p. 123.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Exotic Microlepidoptera,
    Volume 1, Part 5 (1913), pp. 130-131.


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    (written 22 January 2015, updated 20 October 2018)