Telocharacta metachroa (Meyrick, 1889)
(formerly known as Philobota metachroa)
PHILOBOTA GROUP
OECOPHORINAE,   OECOPHORIDAE,   GELECHIOIDEA
 
Don Herbison-Evans,
(donherbisonevans@outlook.com)
and
Stella Crossley

Telocharacta metachroa
(Photo: courtesy of Carolyn, Wandiyali-Environa Conservation Area, Australian Capital Territory)

The adult moths of this species have pale yellow forewings with grey fringes. The hindwings are grey. The head and thorax are pale yellow. The abdomen is grey. The wingspan is about 2 cms.

The species is easily confused with Parergophela melirrhoa, although this generally has a deeper colour than Telocharacta metachroa.

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

The species has been found in Australia in:

  • 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, pp. 259-263.

    Edward Meyrick,
    Descriptions of Australian Micro-lepidoptera. XV. Oecophoridae,
    Proceedings of the Linnean Society of New South Wales,
    Series 2, Volume 3, Part 4 (1889), p. 1616, No. 652 (215a).


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    (written 15 November 2019, updated 22 November 2019)